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Natural spatial variability of algal endosymbiont density in the coral Acropora globiceps: a small- scale approach along environmental gradients around Moorea ( French Polynesia)
Ladrière, O.; Penin, L.; Van Lierde, E.; Vidal-Dupiol, J.; Kayal, M.; Roberty, S.; Poulicek, M.; Adjeroud, M. (2014). Natural spatial variability of algal endosymbiont density in the coral Acropora globiceps: a small- scale approach along environmental gradients around Moorea ( French Polynesia). J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 94(1): 65-74. dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315413001252
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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Keyword
    Acropora globiceps (Dana, 1846) [WoRMS]
Author keywords
    Symbiodinium density; multi-scale variability; scleractinian corals;symbiosis; environmental gradients

Authors  Top 
  • Ladrière, O., more
  • Penin, L.
  • Van Lierde, E., more
  • Vidal-Dupiol, J.
  • Kayal, M.
  • Roberty, S., more
  • Poulicek, M., more
  • Adjeroud, M.

Abstract
    This study provides a baseline describing natural small scale variability of Symbiodinium density in the sentinel coral Acropora globiceps during the summer, under non-bleaching conditions. Spatial scales investigated range from the colony scale (1–10 cm, i.e. among branches of the same colony) to the reef scale (1–10 km, i.e. among stations distributed over several locations and depths), at Moorea Island, French Polynesia. The coral–Symbiodinium symbiosis is a key process in scleractinian coral physiology, and Symbiodinium density provides an easy-to-measure and inexpensive biomarker of this symbiosis health. Spatial variability of three major environmental factors: light intensity, sedimentation and water motion was also assessed to evaluate their potential link with Symbiodinium density. Density of Symbiodinium did not significantly differ within colonies or among colonies within a station. However, a marked depth gradient was observed, showing increasing density with increasing depth and decreasing light intensity. These observations provide an interesting reference for forthcoming comparisons with disturbed conditions, such as bleaching events.

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