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Free Content Production and Bacterial Colonization of Mucus from the Soft Coral Briarium Asbestinum

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Field populations of the gorganian Briariurn asbestinum produced and lost a mucus sheath in 5–10 days. C to N ratio (by weight) of the mucus was 8.9. An extensive bacterial community was evident, but makes only a small contribution to carbon and nitrogen pools. Laboratory studies suggested that mucus production and bacterial populations increase with increasing turbidity.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1980-10-01

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