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Flesh or bone? Quantifying small-scale coral morphology using with-tissue and without-tissue techniques
Todd, P.A.; Ladle, R.J.; Lewin-Koh, N.J.I.; Chou, L.M. (2004). Flesh or bone? Quantifying small-scale coral morphology using with-tissue and without-tissue techniques. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 145(2): 323-328. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-004-1324-8
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Todd, P.A.
  • Ladle, R.J.
  • Lewin-Koh, N.J.I.
  • Chou, L.M.

Abstract
    The quantification of small-scale coral morphology using tissue-free skeletons often requires colonies, or colony sections, to be removed from the reef. This undesirable destruction can be reduced by using a with-tissue technique based on photographic images of living corals. The results of this study indicate that with-tissue multivariate morphometric data contain similar information to skeleton-derived data and can help identify phenotypic plasticity in the massive coral Favia speciosa. With-tissue data can also be used to discern changes with time in individual polyps exposed to new environments.

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