Núria Viladrich

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The annual gonad development of a shallow (20 m depth) population of the Mediterranean gorgonian Eunicella singularis was found to be closely synchronized with that of a deep (60 m depth) population, but differences were observed in the gonadal output, with the shallow population producing more and larger sexual products. Lipid content in the shallow(More)
In order to better understand the sources, patterns and consequences of anthro po genic effects on populations of the Mediterranean gorgonian Paramuricea clavata, we examined the proportion of injured colonies among populations exposed to a combination of anthropogenic disturbances (recreational cast fishing, commercial lobster pots, gill nets and SCUBA(More)
This study investigates the energetic investment during spawning of two Mediterranean gorgonians characterized by different reproductive strategies: Corallium rubrum (internal brooder) and Paramuricea clavata (surface brooder). Sexual products (number of oocytes and spermatic sacs) were quantified, and biochemical characteristics (lipid content and free(More)
Gorgonian corals are generally slow-growing and long-lived organisms, which can act as structural species in benthic ecosystems ranging from tropical to polar regions. Slow gorgonian growth (up to 2.3 cm year) is particularly evident in deep and polar species (Risk et al. 2002; Martinez-Dios et al. 2016 and references therein), but it has also been reported(More)
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