Response of Hawaiian and other Indo-Pacific reef corals to elevated temperature

Abstract

Loss of symbiotic zooxanthellae, or “bleaching” is one of the first visible signs of thermal stress. Critical threshold temperatures for coral bleaching vary geographically, but can be expressed universally as fixed increments relative to the historical mean local summer maximum. Bleaching can be induced by short-term exposure (i.e. 1–2 days) at temperature… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF00265006

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