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Interseasonal and interspecies diversities of Symbiodinium density and effective photochemical efficiency in five dominant reef coral species from Luhuitou fringing reef, northern South China Sea
Xu, LJ; Yu, KF; Li, S; Liu, GH; Tao, SC; Shi, Q; Chen, TR; Zhang, HL; kefuyu@scsio.ac.cn
2017
Source PublicationCORAL REEFS
Volume36Issue:2Pages:477-487
AbstractAlthough it is well established that different coral species have different susceptibilities to thermal stress, the reasons behind this variation are still unclear. In this study, 384 samples across five dominant coral species were collected seasonally between September 2013 and August 2014 at Luhuitou fringing reef in Sanya, Hainan Island, northern South China Sea, and their algal symbiont density and effective photochemical efficiency (I broken vertical bar (PSII)) were measured. The results indicated that both the Symbiodinium density and I broken vertical bar (PSII) of corals were subject to significant interspecies and seasonal variations. Stress-tolerant coral species, including massive Porites lutea and plating Pavona decussata, had higher symbiont densities but lower I broken vertical bar (PSII) compared to the vulnerable branching species of Acropora over the course of all four seasons. Seasonally, coral symbiont densities were the lowest during winter, while during the same period, I broken vertical bar (PSII) of corals was at the highest point. Further analysis suggested that dissolved inorganic nutrients and upwelling in the reef area were probably responsible for the observed seasonal variations in symbiont density. The fact that Porites lutea has the lowest I broken vertical bar (PSII) during all four seasons is likely related to their symbionts' lower capacity to provide required photosynthates for calcification. These results suggest that a coral's thermal tolerance is primarily and positively dependent on its symbiont density and is less related to its effective photochemical efficiency.
Department[Xu, Lijia; Yu, Kefu; Li, Shu; Liu, Guohui; Tao, Shichen; Shi, Qi; Chen, Tianran] Chinese Acad Sci, South China Sea Inst Oceanol, Key Lab Marginal Sea Geol, Guangzhou 510301, Guangdong, Peoples R China; [Xu, Lijia; Yu, Kefu] Guangxi Univ, Coral Reef Res Ctr China, Nanning 530004, Peoples R China; [Xu, Lijia] Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China; [Zhang, Huiling] Guangdong Ocean Univ, Zhanjiang 524088, Peoples R China
KeywordSymbiodinium Density Effective Photochemical Efficiency Interspecific Differences Seasonal Variation Thermal Bleaching Susceptibility
Funding ProjectMSG
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.scsio.ac.cn/handle/344004/16505
Collection中科院边缘海地质重点实验室
Corresponding Authorkefuyu@scsio.ac.cn
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Xu, LJ,Yu, KF,Li, S,et al. Interseasonal and interspecies diversities of Symbiodinium density and effective photochemical efficiency in five dominant reef coral species from Luhuitou fringing reef, northern South China Sea[J]. CORAL REEFS,2017,36(2):477-487.
APA Xu, LJ.,Yu, KF.,Li, S.,Liu, GH.,Tao, SC.,...&kefuyu@scsio.ac.cn.(2017).Interseasonal and interspecies diversities of Symbiodinium density and effective photochemical efficiency in five dominant reef coral species from Luhuitou fringing reef, northern South China Sea.CORAL REEFS,36(2),477-487.
MLA Xu, LJ,et al."Interseasonal and interspecies diversities of Symbiodinium density and effective photochemical efficiency in five dominant reef coral species from Luhuitou fringing reef, northern South China Sea".CORAL REEFS 36.2(2017):477-487.
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