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A R Harborne, J D Selwyn, J M Lawson, M Gallo
Video cameras recorded the diurnal visitation rates of transient (large home range) piscivorous fishes to coral patch reefs in The Bahamas and identified 11 species. Visits by bar jack Caranx ruber, mutton snapper Lutjanus analis, yellowtail snapper Ocyurus chrysurus, barracuda Sphyraena barracuda and cero Scomberomorus regalis were sufficiently frequent to correlate with a range of biophysical factors. Patch-reef visitation rates and fish abundances varied with distance from shore and all species except S...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
Diego Lirman, Stephanie Schopmeyer
Reef restoration activities have proliferated in response to the need to mitigate coral declines and recover lost reef structure, function, and ecosystem services. Here, we describe the recent shift from costly and complex engineering solutions to recover degraded reef structure to more economical and efficient ecological approaches that focus on recovering the living components of reef communities. We review the adoption and expansion of the coral gardening framework in the Caribbean and Western Atlantic where practitioners now grow and outplant 10,000's of corals onto degraded reefs each year...
2016: PeerJ
Ashlee Lillis, DelWayne Bohnenstiehl, Jason W Peters, David Eggleston
Coral populations, and the productive reef ecosystems they support, rely on successful recruitment of reef-building species, beginning with settlement of dispersing larvae into habitat favourable to survival. Many substrate cues have been identified as contributors to coral larval habitat selection; however, the potential for ambient acoustic cues to influence coral settlement responses is unknown. Using in situ settlement chambers that excluded other habitat cues, larval settlement of a dominant Caribbean reef-building coral, Orbicella faveolata, was compared in response to three local soundscapes, with differing acoustic and habitat properties...
2016: PeerJ
M K Devlin-Durante, M W Miller, W F Precht, I B Baums
Foundation species such as redwoods, seagrasses and corals are often long-lived and clonal. Genets may consist of hundreds of members (ramets) and originated hundreds to thousands of years ago. As climate change and other stressors exert selection pressure on species, the demography of populations change. Yet, because size does not indicate age in clonal organisms, demographic models are missing data necessary to predict the resilience of many foundation species. Here, we correlate somatic mutations with genet age of corals and provide the first, preliminary estimates of genet age in a colonial animal...
September 27, 2016: Molecular Ecology
Carlos Sangil, Hector M Guzman
Echinometra viridis previously was considered a cryptic species unable to control the development and growth of macroalgae on coral reefs. Its role as a herbivore was seen as minor compared to other grazers present on the reef. However, the present disturbed state of some reefs has highlighted the role played by this sea-urchin. Combining field data with experiments on the Caribbean coast of Panama, we demonstrate that the current community organization on disturbed coral reefs in the Mesoamerican Caribbean is largely due to the action of E...
September 2016: Marine Environmental Research
Leopoldo Díaz-Pérez, Fabián Alejandro Rodríguez-Zaragoza, Marco Ortiz, Amílcar Leví Cupul-Magaña, Jose D Carriquiry, Eduardo Ríos-Jara, Alma Paola Rodríguez-Troncoso, María Del Carmen García-Rivas
This study evaluated the relationship between the indices known as the Reef Health Index (RHI) and two-dimensional Coral Health Index (2D-CHI) and different representative metrics of biological, ecological and functional diversity of fish and corals in 101 reef sites located across seven zones in the western Caribbean Sea. Species richness and average taxonomic distinctness were used to asses biological estimation; while ecological diversity was evaluated with the indices of Shannon diversity and Pielou´s evenness, as well as by taxonomic diversity and distinctness...
2016: PloS One
Remy R Okazaki, Erica K Towle, Ruben van Hooidonk, Carolina Mor, Rivah N Winter, Alan M Piggot, Ross Cunning, Andrew C Baker, James S Klaus, Peter K Swart, Chris Langdon
Anthropogenic climate change compromises reef growth as a result of increasing temperatures and ocean acidification. Scleractinian corals vary in their sensitivity to these variables, suggesting species composition will influence how reef communities respond to future climate change. Because data are lacking for many species, most studies that model future reef growth rely on uniform scleractinian calcification sensitivities to temperature and ocean acidification. In order to address this knowledge gap, calcification of twelve common and understudied Caribbean coral species was measured for two months under crossed temperatures (27°C, 30...
August 26, 2016: Global Change Biology
Alejandra Verde, Carolina Bastidas, Aldo Croquer
Caribbean ciliate infection (CCI) and white band disease (WBD) are diseases that affect a multitude of coral hosts and are associated with rapid rates of tissue losses, thus contributing to declining coral cover in Caribbean reefs. In this study we compared tissue mortality rates associated to CCI in three species of corals with different growth forms: Orbicella faveolata (massive-boulder), O. annularis (massive-columnar) and Acropora cervicornis (branching). We also compared mortality rates in colonies of A...
2016: PeerJ
Thomas H Selby, Kristen M Hart, Ikuko Fujisaki, Brian J Smith, Clayton J Pollock, Zandy Hillis-Starr, Ian Lundgren, Madan K Oli
Submerged passive acoustic technology allows researchers to investigate spatial and temporal movement patterns of many marine and freshwater species. The technology uses receivers to detect and record acoustic transmissions emitted from tags attached to an individual. Acoustic signal strength naturally attenuates over distance, but numerous environmental variables also affect the probability a tag is detected. Knowledge of receiver range is crucial for designing acoustic arrays and analyzing telemetry data...
July 2016: Ecology and Evolution
Jacob E Allgeier, Abel Valdivia, Courtney Cox, Craig A Layman
Fishing is widely considered a leading cause of biodiversity loss in marine environments, but the potential effect on ecosystem processes, such as nutrient fluxes, is less explored. Here, we test how fishing on Caribbean coral reefs influences biodiversity and ecosystem functions provided by the fish community, that is, fish-mediated nutrient capacity. Specifically, we modelled five processes of nutrient storage (in biomass) and supply (via excretion) of nutrients, as well as a measure of their multifunctionality, onto 143 species of coral reef fishes across 110 coral reef fish communities...
2016: Nature Communications
Friedrich W Meyer, Nadine Schubert, Karen Diele, Mirta Teichberg, Christian Wild, Susana Enríquez
Coral reefs worldwide are affected by increasing dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and organic carbon (DOC) concentrations due to ocean acidification (OA) and coastal eutrophication. These two stressors can occur simultaneously, particularly in near-shore reef environments with increasing anthropogenic pressure. However, experimental studies on how elevated DIC and DOC interact are scarce and fundamental to understanding potential synergistic effects and foreseeing future changes in coral reef function. Using an open mesocosm experiment, the present study investigated the impact of elevated DIC (pHNBS: 8...
2016: PloS One
Tamer A Mansour, Joshua J C Rosenthal, C Titus Brown, Loretta M Roberson
BACKGROUND: Porites astreoides is a ubiquitous species of coral on modern Caribbean reefs that is resistant to increasing temperatures, overfishing, and other anthropogenic impacts that have threatened most other coral species. We assembled and annotated a transcriptome from this coral using Illumina sequences from three different developmental stages collected over several years: free-swimming larvae, newly settled larvae, and adults (>10 cm in diameter). This resource will aid understanding of coral calcification, larval settlement, and host-symbiont interactions...
2016: GigaScience
Enrique Macpherson, Lydia Beuck, Andrè Freiwald
During two cruises to the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, some specimens of squat lobsters belonging to the genus Munidopsis Whiteaves, 1874 (family Munidopsidae Ortmann, 1898) were collected. The present collection comprises five species, where two are considered as new species: M. karukera, closely related to M. ariadne Macpherson, 2011, from the Mediterranean Sea; and M. tuerkayi, which resembles M. kareenae Ahyong, 2013, from New Zealand. The specimens were caught at six stations between 522 and 1162 m; some were associated with live cold-water corals, such as Lophelia pertusa (Linnaeus, 1758), Enallopsammia profunda (Pourtalès, 1867) and Candidella imbricata (Johnson, 1862)...
2016: Zootaxa
Kimmaree M Horvath, Karl D Castillo, Pualani Armstrong, Isaac T Westfield, Travis Courtney, Justin B Ries
Atmospheric pCO2 is predicted to rise from 400 to 900 ppm by year 2100, causing seawater temperature to increase by 1-4 °C and pH to decrease by 0.1-0.3. Sixty-day experiments were conducted to investigate the independent and combined impacts of acidification (pCO2 = 424-426, 888-940 ppm-v) and warming (T = 28, 32 °C) on calcification rate and skeletal morphology of the abundant and widespread Caribbean reef-building scleractinian coral Siderastrea siderea. Hierarchical linear mixed-effects modelling reveals that coral calcification rate was negatively impacted by both warming and acidification, with their combined effects yielding the most deleterious impact...
2016: Scientific Reports
Erin P McCauley, Brad Haltli, Hebelin Correa, Russell G Kerr
The octocoral Erythropodium caribaeorum is an important species in the Caribbean coral reef community and a source of the cytotoxic natural product desmethyleleutherobin. We utilized 16S small subunit rRNA gene amplicon pyrosequencing to characterize the microbiome of E. caribaeorum collected from Florida, USA and San Salvador, The Bahamas at multiple time points. This coral was found to have a very high microbial richness with an average Chao1 estimated richness of 1464 ± 707 operational taxonomic units and average Shannon diversity index of 4...
September 2016: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Julie L Meyer, John M Rodgers, Brian A Dillard, Valerie J Paul, Max Teplitski
Dark Spot Syndrome (DSS) is one of the most common diseases of boulder corals in the Caribbean. It presents as sunken brown lesions in coral tissue, which can spread quickly over coral colonies. With this study, we tested the hypothesis that similar to other coral diseases, DSS is a dysbiosis characterized by global shifts in the coral microbiome. Because Black Band Disease (BBD) was sometimes found following DSS lesions, we also tested the hypothesis that DSS is a precursor of BBD. To track disease initiation and progression 24 coral colonies were tagged...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Joost den Haan, Jef Huisman, Hannah J Brocke, Henry Goehlich, Kelly R W Latijnhouwers, Seth van Heeringen, Saskia A S Honcoop, Tanja E Bleyenberg, Stefan Schouten, Chiara Cerli, Leo Hoitinga, Mark J A Vermeij, Petra M Visser
Terrestrial runoff after heavy rainfall can increase nutrient concentrations in waters overlying coral reefs that otherwise experience low nutrient levels. Field measurements during a runoff event showed a sharp increase in nitrate (75-fold), phosphate (31-fold) and ammonium concentrations (3-fold) in waters overlying a fringing reef at the island of Curaçao (Southern Caribbean). To understand how benthic reef organisms make use of such nutrient pulses, we determined ammonium, nitrate and phosphate uptake rates for one abundant coral species, turf algae, six macroalgal and two benthic cyanobacterial species in a series of laboratory experiments...
2016: Scientific Reports
Dominic A Andradi-Brown, Erika Gress, Georgina Wright, Dan A Exton, Alex D Rogers
Mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs; reefs 30-150m depth) are of increased research interest because of their potential role as depth refuges from many shallow reef threats. Yet few studies have identified patterns in fish species composition and trophic group structure between MCEs and their shallow counterparts. Here we explore reef fish species and biomass distributions across shallow to upper-MCE Caribbean reef gradients (5-40m) around Utila, Honduras, using a diver-operated stereo-video system. Broadly, we found reef fish species richness, abundance and biomass declining with depth...
2016: PloS One
J M Artim, P C Sikkel
Characterizing spatio-temporal variation in the density of organisms in a community is a crucial part of ecological study. However, doing so for small, motile, cryptic species presents multiple challenges, especially where multiple life history stages are involved. Gnathiid isopods are ecologically important marine ectoparasites, micropredators that live in substrate for most of their lives, emerging only once during each juvenile stage to feed on fish blood. Many gnathiid species are nocturnal and most have distinct substrate preferences...
August 2016: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
Hazel A Oxenford, Henri Vallès
Global warming is seen as one of the greatest threats to the world's coral reefs and, with the continued rise in sea surface temperature predicted into the future, there is a great need for further understanding of how to prevent and address the damaging impacts. This is particularly so for countries whose economies depend heavily on healthy reefs, such as those of the eastern Caribbean. Here, we compare the severity of bleaching and mortality for five dominant coral species at six representative reef sites in Barbados during the two most significant warm-water events ever recorded in the eastern Caribbean, i...
2016: PeerJ
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