Coral density and predation affect growth of a reef-building coral

  title={Coral density and predation affect growth of a reef-building coral},
  author={Andrew A. Shantz and Adrian C Stier and Joshua A. Idjadi},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
The influence of predation on the growth of stony corals has gained increased attention, although the degree to which coral conspecific density can modify the effects of corallivores remains poorly studied. Here, a field experiment was used to quantify the independent and combined effects of coral colony density and coral predators on the skeletal growth of massive Porites. Predator exclusion increased coral growth by 20%. Increasing coral density increased growth by 30%. However, the effect of… CONTINUE READING

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