Coral reef bleaching: ecological perspectives

  title={Coral reef bleaching: ecological perspectives},
  author={Peter W. Glynn},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
Coral reef bleaching, the whitening of diverse invertebrate taxa, results from the loss of symbiotic zooxanthellae and/or a reduction in photosynthetic pigment concentrations in zooxanthellae residing within the gastrodermal tissues of host animals. Of particular concern are the consequences of bleaching of large numbers of reef-building scleractinian corals and hydrocorals. Published records of coral reef bleaching events from 1870 to the present suggest that the frequency (60 major events… CONTINUE READING
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