Articles | Volume 14, issue 24
Research article
21 Dec 2017
Research article |  | 21 Dec 2017

Impact of diurnal temperature fluctuations on larval settlement and growth of the reef coral Pocillopora damicornis

Lei Jiang, You-Fang Sun, Yu-Yang Zhang, Guo-Wei Zhou, Xiu-Bao Li, Laurence J. McCook, Jian-Sheng Lian, Xin-Ming Lei, Sheng Liu, Lin Cai, Pei-Yuan Qian, and Hui Huang


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (23 Aug 2017) by Christine Klaas
AR by Lei Jiang on behalf of the Authors (25 Sep 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (27 Sep 2017) by Christine Klaas
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (01 Nov 2017) by Christine Klaas
AR by Lei Jiang on behalf of the Authors (13 Nov 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (16 Nov 2017) by Christine Klaas
Short summary
The negative effects of elevated temperature (31 °C) on larval settlement of P. damicornis was greatly tempered by diurnal temperature fluctuations, whilst diel oscillations in temperature reduced the heat stress on photo-physiology of coral recruits. Although elevated temperature greatly stimulated the growth of recruits, the daytime encounters with the maximum temperature of 33 °C in the fluctuating treatment elicited a notable reduction in calcification.
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