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Predator Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) Outbreak, Mass Mortality of Corals, and Cascading Effects on Reef Fish and Benthic Communities
This study elucidates the processes involved in an Acanthaster outbreak and shows how sessile benthic communities and resident coral-feeding fish assemblages were subsequently affected by the decline of corals.
Recurrent disturbances, recovery trajectories, and resilience of coral assemblages on a South Central Pacific reef
Coral reefs are increasingly threatened by various disturbances, and a critical challenge is to determine their ability for resistance and resilience. Coral assemblages in Moorea, French Polynesia,…
Early post-settlement mortality and the structure of coral assemblages
Results demonstrate the crucial role of events occurring in the first weeks of the benthic stage of coral communities, and underscore the importance of incidental mortality from grazing and specialized corallivory on coral populations.
Spatio-temporal heterogeneity in coral recruitment around Moorea, French Polynesia: Implications for population maintenance
Innate Immune Responses of a Scleractinian Coral to Vibriosis*
The data show that damicornin is constitutively transcribed in ectodermal granular cells, where it is stored, and further released in response to nonpathogenic immune challenge, the first evidence of AMP gene repression in a host-Vibrio interaction.
Thermal Stress Triggers Broad Pocillopora damicornis Transcriptomic Remodeling, while Vibrio coralliilyticus Infection Induces a More Targeted Immuno-Suppression Response
Investigating the interaction between the coral Pocillopora damicornis and the bacterium Vibrio coralliilyticus and the results showed that thermal stress triggered a general weakening of the coral, making it more prone to infection, and non-virulent bacterium induced an ‘efficient’ immune response, whereas virulence caused immuno-suppression in its host.
Genetic variation and clonal structure in the scleractinian coral Pocillopora damicornis in the Ryukyu Archipelago, southern Japan
The high frequency of typhoons in the region suggests that, in P. damicornis, fragmentation caused through occasional exposure to powerful waves is a major mode of asexual reproduction, but asexual production of planulae may also be contributing to the maintenance of populations.
Sexual reproduction of Acropora reef corals at Moorea, French Polynesia
These are the first detailed records of spawning by Acropora corals in French Polynesian reef corals, following full moon periods in September through November 2002.
High genetic diversity of the symbiotic dinoflagellates in the coral Pocillopora meandrina from the South Pacific
The data suggests that hosts may acquire new symbionts after maternal transmission, possibly following a disturbance event, and that there was some host-symbiont fine-scale specificity detectable at the genetic resolution offered by microsatellites.
Relative importance of recruitment and post-settlement processes in the maintenance of coral assemblages in an insular, fragmented reef system
Results demonstrate a very high spatial variability of recruitment rates at the re gional, insu- lar and local hierarchical levels, with some locations displaying much higher recruitment rates than others, in 2 successive seasons, thus confirming the signifi- cance of local processes in shaping coral assemblages distribution and maintenance.