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Growth modelling indicates hurricanes and severe storms are linked to low coral recruitment in the Caribbean.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18191447     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study set out to test the hypothesis that hurricanes and tropical storms limit the recruitment and subsequent survival of massive non-branching corals on the barrier reef off the coast of Belize in the Gulf of Honduras. Overall, the surface areas of 523 individual coral specimens were measured, and recruitment dates were then modelled. There was no significant difference in coral cover or coral biodiversity between any of the sites studied (p > 0.1). There were significant differences in non-branching coral recruitment in years when hurricanes impacted the area (p < 0.05) compared with years when no hurricanes impacted the area. There were significantly more non-branching massive corals recruited in non-hurricane years (mean 7.7) than in hurricane years (mean 3.8; p = 0.011). When years with tropical storms are added to the years with hurricanes, there was significantly lower coral recruitment (mean 4.7) relative to non-storm or hurricane years (mean 7.4; p = 0.019). These results show that hurricanes and severe storms limited the recruitment and survival of massive non-branching corals of the Mesoamerican barrier reef and on patch reefs near the Belize coast in the Caribbean, and suggests that marine park managers may need to assist coral recruitment in years where there are hurricanes or severe storms.
M James C Crabbe; Edwin Martinez; Christina Garcia; Juan Chub; Leonardo Castro; Jason Guy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-11-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine environmental research     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0141-1136     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Environ. Res.     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-07     Completed Date:  2008-06-05     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9882895     Medline TA:  Mar Environ Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  364-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Luton Institute for Research in the Applied Natural Sciences, Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science, University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Anthozoa / growth & development*
Caribbean Region
Population Density
Time Factors

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