Free Content Coral Distribution on a Shoal in Spanish Harbor, Florida Keys

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Variations in water depth, vegetative growth, and type of substrate are compared with the population densities of several coral species living on a shoal in Spanish Harbor, Florida Keys. Qualitative comparisons are drawn from studies conducted elsewhere in the Florida reef tract. Porites porites and Manicina areolata prefer unconsolidated substrata with profuse vegetation, which aid in supporting their free coralla. Siderastrea radians, S. siderea, P. astreoides, and Favia fragum require firm substrata for attachment: the latter two apparently favor depths in excess of 1.5 feet. F. fragum lives more removed from sediment.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1965

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