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Role of light intensity and spectral quality in coral settlement: Implications for depth-dependent settlement?

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dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Univ Auckland
dc.contributor Dept Zool
dc.contributor University Of Auckland
dc.contributor University Of Queensland
dc.contributor Dept Conservat
dc.contributor Univ Queensland
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Leigh Marine Lab
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science (aims) en
dc.contributor.author BABCOCK, RC
dc.contributor.author MUNDY, CN
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-21T00:51:51Z
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-28T06:46:04Z
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dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-08T02:16:06Z
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dc.date.available 2017-03-21T00:51:51Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-21T00:51:51Z
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dc.date.issued 1998-05-31
dc.identifier 3514 en
dc.identifier.citation Mundy CN and Babcock RC (1998) Role of light intensity and spectral quality in coral settlement: implications for depth-dependent settlement. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 223: 235-255. en
dc.identifier.issn 0022-0981
dc.identifier.uri http://epubs.aims.gov.au/11068/3514
dc.description.abstract On coral reefs scleractinian corals show strong patterns of vertical zonation, yet the underlying mechanisms creating and maintaining vertical zonation are poorly understood. Here we examine the potential contribution of light-dependent settlement in scleractinian coral planulae to patterns of vertical zonation. The effect of intensity and spectral quality of light on the settlement of six species of scleractinian corals (Goniastrea favulus Dana, Goniastrea aspera Verrill, Acropora tenuis Dana, Oxypora lacera Verrill, Montipora peltiformis Bernard, and Platygyra daedalea Ellis and Solander) with contrasting depth distributions was examined in laboratory trials. Light-dependent settlement was shown by planulae from five of the six species examined. Planulae from individual species showed a response to either Light quality or Light quantity, but not both. Settlement patterns shown by planulae from all six species were consistent with the vertical distribution patterns of adults in the field. Settlement of planulae from con-generic species with similar adult distribution patterns did not respond to variation in light intensity or spectral quality in a uniform manner, indicating the optimal light environment for settlement is species specific. The settlement patterns shown by planulae from five of the six species examined were more complex than required for selection of cryptic or exposed micro-habitats at settlement. The ecological function of such complex responses to light at settlement may be to identify optimum habitats for adult survival. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V.
dc.language English
dc.language en en
dc.publisher Elsevier Science en
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology - pages: 223: 235-255 en
dc.relation.ispartof Null
dc.subject Great-barrier-reef
dc.subject Ecology
dc.subject Larvae
dc.subject Growth
dc.subject Environmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subject Settlement
dc.subject Light
dc.subject Vertical-distribution
dc.subject Recruitment
dc.subject Larval Behavior
dc.subject Marine & Freshwater Biology
dc.subject Barnacles
dc.subject Coral
dc.subject Survival
dc.subject Scleractinia
dc.subject History
dc.subject Behaviour
dc.subject Migration
dc.title Role of light intensity and spectral quality in coral settlement: Implications for depth-dependent settlement?
dc.type journal article en
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000072751900006


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