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Patterns of sexual recruitment of acroporid coral populations on the west fore reef at Discovery Bay, Jamaica.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17465148     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Coral recruitment was examined on terracotta tiles deployed for four six-month periods between March 2001 and April 2003 on the West Fore Reef at Discovery Bay, Jamaica. During each sampling period, four tiles were deployed on each of two arrays at six depths ranging from 3 m to 33 m. Only three Acropora spat recruited to the tiles over the sampling period. The Acropora spat recruited during only one of the four six-month sampling periods and at only one depth, 3m. That represents a density of 8 spat m(-2) at 3 m depth for one six-month sampling period. Acropora recruitment represented <1 % of the total spat recruiting to the tiles deployed at 3 m during the four sampling periods. Density of acroporids on the West Fore Reef is low. Only one Acropora colony (an A. palmata) was recorded during Point-Quarter surveys of coral cover and density at depths of 3 m, 9 m, 14 m and 19 m. Considering the paucity of acroporid colonies and the infrequent settlement of acroporid spat on the West Fore Reef, it is unlikely that the historic abundance of A. palmata and A. cervicornis will return soon.
Norman J Quinn; Barbara L Kojis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revista de biología tropical     Volume:  53 Suppl 1     ISSN:  0034-7744     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev. Biol. Trop.     Publication Date:  2005 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-30     Completed Date:  2007-08-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404267     Medline TA:  Rev Biol Trop     Country:  Costa Rica    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  83-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory, P.O. Box 35, University of the West Indies, Discovery Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica.
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MeSH Terms
Anthozoa / physiology*
Culture Media
Environmental Monitoring
Population Density
Population Dynamics
Reproduction / physiology
Sexual Behavior, Animal / physiology*
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0/Culture Media

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