Octocoral bleaching during unusual thermal stress

Prada, C. and Weil, E. and Yoshioka, P.M. (2010) Octocoral bleaching during unusual thermal stress. Coral Reefs. pp. 41-45.

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    Abstract

    We describe a bleaching event in octocoral communities at four reefs in southwest Puerto Rico during October 2005 following a period of elevated sea surface temperatures. Percentages of colonies bleached varied among taxa, ranging from 0% for Pseudopterogorgia, Eunicea and Gorgonia to over 90% for Muricea. Other taxa exhibiting bleaching included Pseudoplexaura (22.3%), Muriceopsis (36.6%), Briareum (46.1%), Plexaurella (69.6%) and Pterogorgia (84.5%).

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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      Publisher: Springer Verlag
      Keywords: Caribbean; Bleaching; Octocoral; Species-specific
      Subjects: (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBA) Coral Reefs
      (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 09:43
      Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 09:43
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1582

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