Colony morphology, age structure, and relative growth of two gorgonian corals, Leptogorgia hebes (Verrill) and Leptogorgia virgulata (Lamarck), from the northerm Gulf of Mexico

@article{Mitchell2004ColonyMA,
  title={Colony morphology, age structure, and relative growth of two gorgonian corals, Leptogorgia hebes (Verrill) and Leptogorgia virgulata (Lamarck), from the northerm Gulf of Mexico},
  author={Naomi D. Mitchell and Michael R. Dardeau and William W. Schroeder},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2004},
  volume={12},
  pages={65-70}
}
Along the northeastern Gulf of Mexico coast, Leptogorgia hebes is the predominant gorgonian at two inner shelf (22 and 27 m) sites, while Leptogorgia virgulata dominates a third shallow (1–2m), inshore site. The axial skeleton of both species is composed of concentric rings which appeared to exhibit annual periodicity. Although age structure of the populations differed between shelf sites, neither colony growth rates, estimated from direct measurements of ring widths plotted on Walford graphs… CONTINUE READING
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