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Article: Relative roles of bioerosion and typhoon-induced disturbance on the dynamics of a high latitude scleractinian coral community

TitleRelative roles of bioerosion and typhoon-induced disturbance on the dynamics of a high latitude scleractinian coral community
Authors
KeywordsBiology
Issue Date1999
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=MBI
Citation
Journal of Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 1999, v. 79 n. 5, p. 803-820 How to Cite?
AbstractLocated at 22°N on the northern shore of the South China Sea, Hong Kong experiences a seasonal, monsoonal climate and its resident scleractinian corals, comprising some 50 species, live here at the limit of their ranges. Summers are hot and wet, winters cold and dry and this study was initiated to determine the effects of bioerosion and periodic episodes of strong wave action on coral death and beaching. Coral rubble washed up on Telecom Bay Beach in the Cape d'Aguilar Marine Reserve was collected every month from January 1996 until December 1997, inclusive. Quantities were greatest after typhoons and storms, with the average monthly weight of recently-living corals accounting for approximately 0.007%, by weight, of the total live coral in the bay. Seventeen species of Mollusca were recorded from within the skeletons of this rubble and included a new record for Hong Kong, Anchomasa yoshimurai (Pholadidae). Species of Lithophaga dominated, with highest mean abundances recorded from within Goniastrea aspera, the most abundant living coral in the bay and from within the heaviest fragments. The overall incidence of borers was, however, low although it appears that dead coral borers, notably the basally boring Lithophaga lima, act to weaken coral attachment resulting in dislodgement and beaching during and after storms. At this relatively unperturbated site, therefore, the significance of borers in weakening coral attachment with subsequent detachment and beaching during and after storms, respectively, is low, a situation also seen elsewhere.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/44707
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dc.contributor.authorClark, Ten_HK
dc.contributor.authorMorton, Ben_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-10-30T06:08:19Z-
dc.date.available2007-10-30T06:08:19Z-
dc.date.issued1999en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 1999, v. 79 n. 5, p. 803-820en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0025-3154en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/44707-
dc.description.abstractLocated at 22°N on the northern shore of the South China Sea, Hong Kong experiences a seasonal, monsoonal climate and its resident scleractinian corals, comprising some 50 species, live here at the limit of their ranges. Summers are hot and wet, winters cold and dry and this study was initiated to determine the effects of bioerosion and periodic episodes of strong wave action on coral death and beaching. Coral rubble washed up on Telecom Bay Beach in the Cape d'Aguilar Marine Reserve was collected every month from January 1996 until December 1997, inclusive. Quantities were greatest after typhoons and storms, with the average monthly weight of recently-living corals accounting for approximately 0.007%, by weight, of the total live coral in the bay. Seventeen species of Mollusca were recorded from within the skeletons of this rubble and included a new record for Hong Kong, Anchomasa yoshimurai (Pholadidae). Species of Lithophaga dominated, with highest mean abundances recorded from within Goniastrea aspera, the most abundant living coral in the bay and from within the heaviest fragments. The overall incidence of borers was, however, low although it appears that dead coral borers, notably the basally boring Lithophaga lima, act to weaken coral attachment resulting in dislodgement and beaching during and after storms. At this relatively unperturbated site, therefore, the significance of borers in weakening coral attachment with subsequent detachment and beaching during and after storms, respectively, is low, a situation also seen elsewhere.en_HK
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dc.publisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=MBIen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsJournal of Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Copyright © Cambridge University Press.en_HK
dc.subjectBiologyen_HK
dc.titleRelative roles of bioerosion and typhoon-induced disturbance on the dynamics of a high latitude scleractinian coral communityen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0025315498000988en_HK
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