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effects of fragment salvage size and light intensity in closed system culture of the Atlantic ocean coral species, Acropora cervicornis

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2001
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Acropora cervicornis is an important Caribbean shallow water reef building coral species which is currently federally protected, and a candidate for the U.S. endangered species list. A. cervicornis is an excellent candidate for fragment salvage or reef transplantation because it exhibits rapid growth rates, can be successfully fragmented, and is tolerant to a wide range of light intensities. The success of restoration efforts for A. cervicornis is dependent upon the complete understanding of its growth parameters. This study documents the culture conditions for growing A. cervicornis in a closed system, and the effects of fragment size and light intensity on growth and survivorship. A. cervicornis was successfully fragmented and grown under aquaculture conditions. Fragment size significantly effected percent weight gain growth rates, but did not significantly effect absolute weight gain growth rates. Light intensity significantly effected absolute weight gain growth rates, but did not significantly effect percent weight gain growth rates.
Title: The effects of fragment salvage size and light intensity in closed system culture of the Atlantic ocean coral species, Acropora cervicornis.
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Name(s): West, Christopher John.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Baldwin, John D., Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2001
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 167 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Acropora cervicornis is an important Caribbean shallow water reef building coral species which is currently federally protected, and a candidate for the U.S. endangered species list. A. cervicornis is an excellent candidate for fragment salvage or reef transplantation because it exhibits rapid growth rates, can be successfully fragmented, and is tolerant to a wide range of light intensities. The success of restoration efforts for A. cervicornis is dependent upon the complete understanding of its growth parameters. This study documents the culture conditions for growing A. cervicornis in a closed system, and the effects of fragment size and light intensity on growth and survivorship. A. cervicornis was successfully fragmented and grown under aquaculture conditions. Fragment size significantly effected percent weight gain growth rates, but did not significantly effect absolute weight gain growth rates. Light intensity significantly effected absolute weight gain growth rates, but did not significantly effect percent weight gain growth rates.
Identifier: 9780493238814 (isbn), 12805 (digitool), FADT12805 (IID), fau:9680 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2001.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Subject(s): Acropora cervicornis
Corals
Coral reefs and islands
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