Articles | Volume 14, issue 24
Biogeosciences, 14, 5741–5752, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-5741-2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 5741–5752, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-5741-2017
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 et al.

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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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