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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644890/drivers-of-coral-reef-marine-protected-area-performance
#1
Venetia Alexa Hargreaves-Allen, Susana Mourato, Eleanor Jane Milner-Gulland
Coral reefs are severely threatened and a principal strategy for their conservation is marine protected areas (MPAs). However the drivers of MPA performance are complex and there are likely to be trade-offs between different types of performance (e.g. conservation or welfare related outcomes). We compiled a global dataset from expert knowledge for 76 coral reef MPAs in 33 countries and identified a set of performance measures reflecting ecological and socio-economic outcomes, achievement of aims and reduction of threats, using spatial or temporal comparisons wherever possible...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642986/viridiuvalis-adhaerens-gen-et-sp-nov-a-novel-colony-forming-chlorarachniophyte
#2
Takashi Shiratori, Sakuya Fujita, Tenma Shimizu, Takeshi Nakayama, Ken-Ichiro Ishida
A new chlorarachniophyte, Viridiuvalis adhaerens gen. et sp. nov. was isolated from the mucus on a coral reef from Zanpa Beach, Okinawa, Japan. The main vegetative stage of V. adhaerens consisted of unicellular coccoid cells with cell walls, although sarcinoid colonies and uniflagellate zoospores were also observed. V. adhaerens had chloroplasts with nucleomorphs and pyrenoids that were completely embedded in the chloroplast. A deep plate-like invagination of the periplastidal compartment (PPC) almost partitioned the pyrenoid and chloroplast components, which were surrounded by two membranes...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642738/distinct-bacterial-communities-associated-with-massive-and-branching-scleractinian-corals-and-potential-linkages-to-coral-susceptibility-to-thermal-or-cold-stress
#3
Jiayuan Liang, Kefu Yu, Yinghui Wang, Xueyong Huang, Wen Huang, Zhenjun Qin, Ziliang Pan, Qiucui Yao, Wenhuan Wang, Zhengchao Wu
It is well known that different coral species have different tolerances to thermal or cold stress, which is presumed to be related to the density of Symbiodinium. However, the intrinsic factors between stress-tolerant characteristics and coral-associated bacteria are rarely studied. In this study, 16 massive coral and 9 branching coral colonies from 6 families, 10 genera, and 18 species were collected at the same time and location (Xinyi Reef) in the South China Sea to investigate the bacterial communities...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638369/diversity-and-activity-of-diazotrophs-in-great-barrier-reef-surface-waters
#4
Lauren F Messer, Mark V Brown, Miles J Furnas, Richard L Carney, A D McKinnon, Justin R Seymour
Discrepancies between bioavailable nitrogen (N) concentrations and phytoplankton growth rates in the oligotrophic waters of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) suggest that undetermined N sources must play a significant role in supporting primary productivity. One such source could be biological dinitrogen (N2) fixation through the activity of "diazotrophic" bacterioplankton. Here, we investigated N2 fixation and diazotroph community composition over 10° S of latitude within GBR surface waters. Qualitative N2 fixation rates were found to be variable across the GBR but were relatively high in coastal, inner and outer GBR waters, reaching 68 nmol L(-1) d(-1)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637338/complex-interactions-between-potentially-pathogenic-opportunistic-and-resident-bacteria-emerge-during-infection-on-a-reef-building-coral
#5
Sarah A Gignoux-Wolfsohn, Felicia M Aronson, Steven V Vollmer
Increased bacterial diversity on diseased corals can obscure disease etiology and complicate our understanding of pathogenesis. To untangle microbes that may cause white band disease signs from microbes responding to disease, we inoculated healthy Acropora cervicornis corals with an infectious dose from visibly diseased corals. We sampled these dosed corals and healthy controls over time for sequencing of the bacterial 16S region. Endozoicomonas were associated with healthy fragments from 4/10 colonies, dominating microbiomes before dosing and decreasing over time only in corals that displayed disease signs, suggesting a role in disease resistance...
June 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634373/an-assessment-of-mobile-predator-populations-along-shallow-and-mesophotic-depth-gradients-in-the-hawaiian-archipelago
#6
Jacob Asher, Ivor D Williams, Euan S Harvey
Large-bodied coral reef roving predators (sharks, jacks, snappers) are largely considered to be depleted around human population centers. In the Hawaiian Archipelago, supporting evidence is primarily derived from underwater visual censuses in shallow waters (≤30 m). However, while many roving predators are present or potentially more abundant in deeper strata (30-100 m+), distributional information remains sparse. To partially fill that knowledge gap, we conducted surveys in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) and populated Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) from 2012-2014 using baited remote underwater stereo-video...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634029/discovery-of-scors-anciently-derived-highly-conserved-gene-associated-repeats-in-stony-corals
#7
Huan Qiu, Ehud Zelzion, Hollie M Putnam, Ruth D Gates, Nicole E Wagner, Diane K Adams, Debashish Bhattacharya
Stony coral (Scleractinia) genomes are still poorly explored and many questions remain about their evolution and contribution to the success and longevity of reefs. We analyzed transcriptome and genome data from Montipora capitata, Acropora digitifera, and transcriptome data from 20 other coral species. To our surprise, we found highly conserved, anciently derived, Scleractinia COral-specific Repeat families (SCORs) that are abundant in all the studied lineages. SCORs form complex secondary structures and are located in untranslated regions and introns, but most abundant in intergenic DNA...
June 17, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631353/microbiome-dynamics-in-early-life-stages-of-the-scleractinian-coral-acropora-gemmifera-in-response-to-elevated-pco2
#8
Guowei Zhou, Lin Cai, Tao Yuan, Renmao Tian, Haoya Tong, Weipeng Zhang, Lei Jiang, Minglan Guo, Sheng Liu, Pei-Yuan Qian, Hui Huang
Reef-building coral is a complex holobiont, harbouring diverse microorganisms that play essential roles in maintaining coral health. However, microbiome development in early life stages of coral remains poorly understood. Here, microbiomes of Acropora gemmifera were analysed during spawning and early developmental stages, and also under different seawater partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2 ) conditions, using amplicon sequencing of 16S rRNA gene for bacteria and archaea and of ITS2 for Symbiodinium. No remarkable microbiome shift was observed in adults before and after spawning...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630800/taxonomic-richness-and-abundance-of-cryptic-peracarid-crustaceans-in-the-puerto-morelos-reef-national-park-mexico
#9
Luz Veronica Monroy-Velázquez, Rosa Elisa Rodríguez-Martínez, Fernando Alvarez
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cryptic peracarids are an important component of the coral reef fauna in terms of diversity and abundance, yet they have been poorly studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the taxonomic richness and abundance of cryptic peracarids in coral rubble in the Puerto Morelos Reef National Park, Mexico (PMRNP), and their relationship with depth. METHODS: Three reef sites were selected: (1) Bonanza, (2) Bocana, and (3) Jardines. At each site six kilograms of coral rubble were collected over four sampling periods at three depths: 3 m (back-reef), 6-8 m (fore-reef), and 10-12 m (fore-reef)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626617/doc-concentrations-across-a-depth-dependent-light-gradient-on-a-caribbean-coral-reef
#10
Benjamin Mueller, Erik H Meesters, Fleur C van Duyl
Photosynthates released by benthic primary producers (BPP), such as reef algae and scleractinian corals, fuel the dissolved organic carbon (DOC) production on tropical coral reefs. DOC concentrations near BPP have repeatedly been observed to be elevated compared to those in the surrounding water column. As the DOC release of BPP increases with increasing light availability, elevated DOC concentrations near them will, in part, also depend on light availability. Consequently, DOC concentrations are likely to be higher on the shallow, well-lit reef terrace than in deeper sections on the fore reef slope...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626613/modelling-environmental-drivers-of-black-band-disease-outbreaks-in-populations-of-foliose-corals-in-the-genus-montipora
#11
Carla C M Chen, David G Bourne, Christopher C Drovandi, Kerrie Mengersen, Bette L Willis, M Julian Caley, Yui Sato
Seawater temperature anomalies associated with warming climate have been linked to increases in coral disease outbreaks that have contributed to coral reef declines globally. However, little is known about how seasonal scale variations in environmental factors influence disease dynamics at the level of individual coral colonies. In this study, we applied a multi-state Markov model (MSM) to investigate the dynamics of black band disease (BBD) developing from apparently healthy corals and/or a precursor-stage, termed 'cyanobacterial patches' (CP), in relation to seasonal variation in light and seawater temperature at two reef sites around Pelorus Island in the central sector of the Great Barrier Reef...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623288/seabirds-supply-nitrogen-to-reef-building-corals-on-remote-pacific-islets
#12
Anne Lorrain, Fanny Houlbrèque, Francesca Benzoni, Lucie Barjon, Laura Tremblay-Boyer, Christophe Menkes, David P Gillikin, Claude Payri, Hervé Jourdan, Germain Boussarie, Anouk Verheyden, Eric Vidal
Seabirds concentrate nutrients from large marine areas on their nesting islands playing an important ecological role in nutrient transfer between marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Here we investigate the role of guano on corals reefs across scales by analyzing the stable nitrogen isotopic (δ(15)N) values of the scleractinian coral Pocillopora damicornis on fringing reefs around two Pacific remote islets with large seabird colonies. Marine stations closest to the seabird colonies had higher nitrate + nitrite concentrations compared to more distant stations...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622990/displacement-effects-of-heavy-human-use-on-coral-reef-predators-within-the-molokini-marine-life-conservation-district
#13
Alexander Filous, Alan M Friedlander, Haruko Koike, Marc Lammers, Adam Wong, Kristy Stone, Russell T Sparks
The impact of marine ecotourism on reef predators is poorly understood and there is growing concern that overcrowding in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) may disturb the species that these areas were established to protect. To improve our understanding of this issue, we used acoustic telemetry to examine the relationship between human activity at the Molokini Marine Life Conservation District (MLCD) and the habitat use of five reef-associated predators (Caranx melampygus, Caranx ignobilis, Triaenodon obesus, Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos, and Aprion virscens)...
June 13, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622053/importance-of-sandy-bottoms-in-coral-reefs-to-the-oscillation-of-daily-rhythms-in-the-tropical-wrasse-halichoeres-trimaculatus
#14
Hitomi Ito-Takeuchi, Kai Takahashi, Selma Bouchekioua, Chihiro Yamauchi, Yuki Takeuchi, Sung-Pyo Hur, Young-Don Lee, Akihiro Takemura
Most wrasse species swim during the day and bury themselves in the sandy bottoms of shallow reefs at night. This study aimed to evaluate the importance of sandy bottoms to the day-active/night-inactive rhythmicity of the tropical wrasse Halichoeres trimaculatus. Actogram analysis revealed that fish were active during the photophase and inactive during the scotophase in aquariums with both sandy and bare bottoms. When fish were kept in aquariums with bare bottoms, rhythmicity was maintained under constant dark conditions (DD) but became obscured under constant light conditions (LL), suggesting that a day-active/night-inactive rhythmicity is regulated by the circadian system...
June 16, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618118/response-to-rebutting-the-inclined-analyses-on-the-cost-effectiveness-and-feasibility-of-coral-reef-restoration
#15
Elisa Bayraktarov, Megan I Saunders, Peter J Mumby, Hugh P Possingham, Sabah Abdullah, Catherine E Lovelock
Reaching conservation goals critically depends on smart decision-making to efficiently allocate a constrained budget between different on-ground actions leading to maximum net benefit for biodiversity and human well-being at highest probability of success and lowest cost for these actions (Possingham et al. 2001; Joseph et al. 2009; Game et al. 2013). Without information on cost, feasibility and benefits of conservation, a prioritisation of marine coastal restoration interventions will be poor and money lost (Possingham et al...
June 15, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615499/the-importance-of-individual-and-species-level-traits-for-trophic-niches-among-herbivorous-coral-reef-fishes
#16
Jacob E Allgeier, Thomas C Adam, Deron E Burkepile
Resolving how species compete and coexist within ecological communities represents a long-standing challenge in ecology. Research efforts have focused on two predominant mechanisms of species coexistence: complementarity and redundancy. But findings also support an alternative hypothesis that within-species variation may be critical for coexistence. Our study focuses on nine closely related and ecologically similar coral reef fish species to test the importance of individual- versus species-level traits in determining the size of dietary, foraging substrate, and behavioural interaction niches...
June 14, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615351/body-shape-convergence-driven-by-small-size-optimum-in-marine-angelfishes
#17
Bruno Frédérich, Francesco Santini, Nicolai Konow, Joseph Schnitzler, David Lecchini, Michael E Alfaro
Convergent evolution of small body size occurs across many vertebrate clades and may reflect an evolutionary response to shared selective pressures. However it remains unclear if other aspects of phenotype undergo convergent evolution in miniaturized lineages. Here we present a comparative analysis of body size and shape evolution in marine angelfishes (Pomacanthidae), a reef fish family characterized by repeated transitions to small body size. We ask if lineages that evolve small sizes show convergent evolution in body shape...
June 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610126/taxonomic-description-and-3d-modelling-of-a-new-species-of-myzostomid-annelida-myzostomida-associated-with-black-corals-from-madagascar
#18
Lucas Terrana, Igor Eeckhaut
Eenymeenymyzostoma nigrocorallium n. sp. is the first species of myzostomid worm associated with black corals to be described. Endoparasitic specimens of E. nigrocorallium were found associated with three species of antipatharians on the Great Reef of Toliara. Individuals inhabit the gastrovascular ducts of their hosts and evidence of infestation is, most of the time, not visible externally. Phylogenetic analyses based on 18S rDNA, 16S rDNA and COI data indicate a close relation to Eenymeenymyzostoma cirripedium, the only other species of the genus...
March 19, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609936/-i-cinachyrella-anatriaenilla-i-sp-nov-a-new-tetillid-sponge-with-microacanthoxeas-from-american-samoa-in-the-south-pacific
#19
Julio C C Fernandez, Michelle Kelly, Lori J Bell
Several sponges from American Samoa, collected by the Coral Reef Research Foundation, Republic of Palau, were tentatively identified by one of us as Acanthotetilla cf seychellensis (Thomas 1973), due to the possession of relatively small acanthose oxeas, compared to those of other species of the genus Acanthotetilla Burton 1959. These sponges were later compared to Cinachyrella australiensis (Carter 1886), taking into account the lack of conspicuous spination on the acanthose oxeas and general features of spiculation and skeletal organisation...
April 26, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603671/spatial-variation-in-coral-reef-fish-and-benthic-communities-in-the-central-saudi-arabian-red-sea
#20
Maha T Khalil, Jessica Bouwmeester, Michael L Berumen
Local-scale ecological information is critical as a sound basis for spatial management and conservation and as support for ongoing research in relatively unstudied areas. We conducted visual surveys of fish and benthic communities on nine reefs (3-24 km from shore) in the Thuwal area of the central Saudi Arabian Red Sea. Fish biomass increased with increasing distance from shore, but was generally low compared to reefs experiencing minimal human influence around the world. All reefs had a herbivore-dominated trophic structure and few top predators, such as sharks, jacks, or large groupers...
2017: PeerJ
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