Local changes in community diversity after coral transplantation

  • Published source details Yap H. (2009) Local changes in community diversity after coral transplantation. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 374, 33-41.


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Translocate habitat-forming (biogenic) species - Translocate reef-forming corals

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Subtidal Benthic Invertebrate Conservation
  1. Translocate habitat-forming (biogenic) species - Translocate reef-forming corals

    A replicated, controlled study in 2000–2002 in five coral reef sites in Tayabas Bay, Philippines (Yap 2009) found that plots with translocated corals developed higher invertebrate species richness than plots without corals, 9–27 months after translocation. After coral translocation, invertebrate species richness was higher in plots with corals (7–8 species) than in nearby and more distant plots without corals (3–6 species), but was lower than at the source site where the corals originated (10 species).  Overall, 83-95% of translocated corals survived. Each of four sites of rocky seabed had eighteen 1 m2 plots: six with translocated corals, six nearby without corals (interspersed with transplanted coral plots), and six 100 m away without corals. Between April 2000 and November 2001, three coral species were translocated from a nearby pristine reef (source site) to each translocated plot: Acropora palifera (2/plot), Porites cylindrica (2/plot), and Porites lobata (3/plot). In July 2002 (9–27 months after translocation), invertebrate species (excluding corals) were recorded during visual census by divers in all experimental plots, and in six plots at the source site.

    (Summarised by: Anaëlle Lemasson)

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