Survival, growth, and recruitment of octocoral species (Coelenterata: Octocorallia) in Coiba National Park, Pacific Panama

  title={Survival, growth, and recruitment of octocoral species (Coelenterata: Octocorallia) in Coiba National Park, Pacific Panama},
  author={Catalina G. Gomez and Hector M. Guzman and Andrew Gonzalez and Odalisca Breedy},
  journal={Bulletin of Marine Science},
Octocorals (order Alcyonacea) from the tropical eastern Pacific have been largely ignored in coral reef studies, with the exception of recent taxonomic reviews. This study is the first to examine the population dynamics of 10 shallow water species in six genera (Leptogorgia, Pacifigorgia, Muricea, Psammogorgia, Heterogorgia, and Carijoa) found in rocky coral communities in Coiba National Park, Pacific Panama. For a 17-mo period, we monitored, every 4 mo, 1445 colonies of 15 species in fixed… Expand

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