Crustose coralline algae can suppress macroalgal growth and recruitment on Hawaiian coral reefs

  title={Crustose coralline algae can suppress macroalgal growth and recruitment on Hawaiian coral reefs},
  author={Mark J. A. Vermeij and Meghan L. Dailer and C. Morais Smith},
Crustose coralline algae are important components of tropical reef communities because they promote successful settlement by corals and contribute to solidification of the reef framework. We show experimentally that crustose coralline algae are also capable of suppressing the growth and recruitment potential of an abundant Hawaiian reef macroalga, Ulva fasciata. When mixed communities of crustose coralline algae were absent, relative growth rates of U. fasciata increased by 54.6%. When… CONTINUE READING
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