A Comparison of Peripheral Growth Rates in the Recent Solitary Coral Scolymia Cubensis (Milne-Edwards and Haime) from Barbados and Bermuda
Abstract:Measurements of the area of the calice in the solitary coral Scolymia cubensis, spanning a 1-year period, have been employed to calculate and compare peripheral growth rates of this species from Barbados and Bermuda reefs. The growth rate of this species over a 1-year period at both locations is size-dependent and is significantly greater in Barbados, a low-latitude reef region, than in Bermuda, a high-latitude reef region. The data thus support the premise that coral growth rates decrease with increasing latitude in the tropical western Atlantic, presumably in response mainly to lower mean annual water temperatures, and in particular, low winter water temperatures, at these higher latitudes.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 1990
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