Title

Coral Calcification Rates by the Buoyant Weight Technique: Effects of Alizarin Staining

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-1984

Keywords

Coral reefs

Publication Title

Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

ISSN

0022-0981

Volume

75

Issue/No.

3

First Page

217

Last Page

232

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

The buoyant weight method has been used in a laboratory experiment over an 18-day period to assess effects of alizarin staining on the calcification rate of the hermatypic coral Diploria strigosa (Dana). Exposure of corals to a concentration of 10 mg/l alizarin for 24 h in a flow-through system caused a significant depression in calcification for a period of up to 6 days. It is suggested that such initial calcification depressions after staining could affect absolute growth measurements and cause synergistic effects with experimental manipulation of environmental conditions unless an appropriate recovery period is allowed.

Comments

©1984 Elsevier Science Publishers B.V.

DOI

10.1016/0022-0981(84)90167-9

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