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Adaptation / Exaptation in the host coral Favites complanata ( Ehrenberg , 1834 ; Scleractinia , Faviidae ) to increased Seawater Temperatures

  title={Adaptation / Exaptation in the host coral Favites complanata ( Ehrenberg , 1834 ; Scleractinia , Faviidae ) to increased Seawater Temperatures},
  author={Kevin B. Strychar and Paul W Sammarco},
Recent evidence suggests that, as global climate changes and seawater temperatures rise, the primary cause of coral bleaching is zooxantheallar mortality indicated by cell apoptosis/necrosis. But are the coral hosts themselves sensitive to increasing temperatures, and, if so, to what degree? We exposed the coral Favites complanata (Ehrenberg, 1834) with their symbiotic zooxanthellae (Symbiodinium sp.) to experimental temperatures of 28 (control), 30, 32, and 34°C for 12h. We assessed coral and… 
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