Population collapse dynamics in Acropora downingi, an Arabian/Persian Gulf ecosystem‐engineering coral, linked to rising temperature

@article{Riegl2018PopulationCD,
  title={Population collapse dynamics in Acropora downingi, an Arabian/Persian Gulf ecosystem‐engineering coral, linked to rising temperature},
  author={Bernhard M Riegl and Matthew M. W. Johnston and Sam Purkis and Emily J. Howells and John A. Burt and Sascha C. C. Steiner and Charles R. C. Sheppard and Andrew G. Bauman},
  journal={Global Change Biology},
  year={2018},
  volume={24},
  pages={2447–2462}
}
  • Bernhard M Riegl, Matthew M. W. Johnston, +5 authors Andrew G. Bauman
  • Published in Global change biology 2018
  • Medicine, Biology
  • As in the tropical Atlantic, Acropora populations in the southern Persian/Arabian Gulf plummeted within two decades after having been ecosystem engineers on most wave-exposed reefs since the Pleistocene. Since 1996/1998 live coral cover in the Gulf declined by over 90% in many areas, primarily due to bleaching and diseases caused by rising temperatures. In the formerly dominant table-coral species A. downingi, population dynamics corresponding to disturbance regimes was quantified in three… CONTINUE READING

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