Ultraviolet Radiation and Coral Communities

  • Daniel F. Gleason


Coral reefs are considered to be the most diverse marine ecosystem on Earth and are thought to rival tropical rain forests in terms of their biological complexity and productivity (Connell 1978; Jackson 1991). The primary constructs of tropical reef systems are reef-building corals, which produce a continuously growing skeleton via biosynthesis and deposition of calcium carbonate. Growth and death of corals provide habitat structure and topographic complexity that can be exploited by the myriad of algae, invertebrates, and vertebrates that reside in these ecosystems (Hoegh-Guldberg 1999).


Coral Reef Ultraviolet Radiation Great Barrier Reef Coral Community Coral Bleaching 
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