Environmental influences on skeletal banding in eastern Pacific (Panama) corals

  title={Environmental influences on skeletal banding in eastern Pacific (Panama) corals},
  author={Gerard M. Wellington and Peter W. Glynn},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
The timing of skeletal band formation and concomitant changes in calcification rates and linear skeletal extension were investigated in Pavona corals growing under two distinct thermal regimes along the Pacific coast of Panama: fluctuating, marked by seasonal upwelling (Gulf of Panama) and stable, nonupwelling (Gulf of Chiriqui). The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that banding in corals is largely mediated by seasonal variations in temperature (Highsmith 1979). Our results… CONTINUE READING
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