Marine Biology

, Volume 158, Issue 7, pp 1461–1471 | Cite as

Demography of Halimeda incrassata (Bryopsidales, Chlorophyta) in a Caribbean reef lagoon

  • Brigitta I. van TussenbroekEmail author
  • M. Guadalupe Barba Santos
Original Paper


The fate of 100 marked recruits of the rhizophytic alga Halimeda incrassata was followed in Puerto Morelos reef lagoon, Mexican Caribbean (20°52′N, 86°51′W), until death of the last individual from April 2005–2007. Juvenile mortality was relatively high (19%), the half-life of adult thalli was 13 months and maximal lifespan was 2 years. First age of sexual reproduction was 10 months, but only 6% of the marked thalli reproduced sexually. A subsequent static life-table approach (February–April 2008) at two sites indicated low spatial variation in transition probabilities between the life stages. Recruits were found throughout the year (density 2–11 thalli m−2) and were mostly of clonal origin. In a disturbed area, the density of sexual recruits was ~0.01 thalli m2. Temporal fluctuations in population size depended on mortality rates, which increased slightly after hurricanes Emily (July 2005) and Wilma (October 2005), but might otherwise be regulated by density-dependent processes.


Sexual Reproduction Halimeda Reef Crest Reef Lagoon Calcareous Sand 
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We are grateful to Jent Kornelis van Dijk for his help with the fieldwork. Revisions by the referees greatly improved the original manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brigitta I. van Tussenbroek
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Guadalupe Barba Santos
    • 1
  1. 1.Unidad Académica de Sistemas Arrecifales/Puerto Morelos, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y LimnologíaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCancúnMexico

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