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Light-shade adaptation of Stylophora pistillata, a hermatypic coral from the Gulf of Eilat

Journal Article:

Abstract

All reef-forming, or hermatypic, corals harbor photosynthetic endosymbiotic algae called zooxanthellae. The zooxanthellae are essential for the well-being of their hosts; nevertheless, little is known about how light affects the symbiotic association, especially regarding the numbers of zooxanthellae, their photosynthetic responses, and their overall productivity. On the reefs of the Gulf of Eilat, Stylophora pistillata is an abundant hermatypic coral; it is unique in that region in that it can adapt to a wide range of light intensities. In the high light intensities of lagoons or the upper areas of reefs, the corals are markedly lighter in color than those living under ledges, in grottos, or near the reef floor. We report here on the biochemical and physiological adaptations of S. pistillata to variations in light intensity spanning more than two orders of magnitude.
Authors:
Falkowski, P G; [1]  Dubinsky, Z
  1. Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY
Publication Date:
Jan 15, 1981
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
ERA-06-017426; EDB-81-052301
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Nature (London); (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 289:5794
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; CORALS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; SYMBIOSIS; BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS; VISIBLE RADIATION; VARIATIONS; ALGAE; PHOTOSYNTHESIS; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; CNIDARIA; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; PHOTOCHEMICAL REACTIONS; PLANTS; RADIATIONS; SYNTHESIS; 520100* - Environment, Aquatic- Basic Studies- (-1989)
OSTI ID:
6824100
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: CODEN: NATUA
Submitting Site:
TIC
Size:
Pages: 172-174
Announcement Date:
May 01, 1981

Journal Article:

Citation Formats

Falkowski, P G, and Dubinsky, Z. Light-shade adaptation of Stylophora pistillata, a hermatypic coral from the Gulf of Eilat. United Kingdom: N. p., 1981. Web. doi:10.1038/289172a0.
Falkowski, P G, & Dubinsky, Z. Light-shade adaptation of Stylophora pistillata, a hermatypic coral from the Gulf of Eilat. United Kingdom. doi:10.1038/289172a0.
Falkowski, P G, and Dubinsky, Z. 1981. "Light-shade adaptation of Stylophora pistillata, a hermatypic coral from the Gulf of Eilat." United Kingdom. doi:10.1038/289172a0. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1038/289172a0.
@misc{etde_6824100,
title = {Light-shade adaptation of Stylophora pistillata, a hermatypic coral from the Gulf of Eilat}
author = {Falkowski, P G, and Dubinsky, Z}
abstractNote = {All reef-forming, or hermatypic, corals harbor photosynthetic endosymbiotic algae called zooxanthellae. The zooxanthellae are essential for the well-being of their hosts; nevertheless, little is known about how light affects the symbiotic association, especially regarding the numbers of zooxanthellae, their photosynthetic responses, and their overall productivity. On the reefs of the Gulf of Eilat, Stylophora pistillata is an abundant hermatypic coral; it is unique in that region in that it can adapt to a wide range of light intensities. In the high light intensities of lagoons or the upper areas of reefs, the corals are markedly lighter in color than those living under ledges, in grottos, or near the reef floor. We report here on the biochemical and physiological adaptations of S. pistillata to variations in light intensity spanning more than two orders of magnitude.}
doi = {10.1038/289172a0}
journal = {Nature (London); (United Kingdom)}
volume = {289:5794}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1981}
month = {Jan}
}