Composición y densidad de corales juveniles en dos arrecifes profundos de San Andrés Isla, Caribe colombiano
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Coral recruitment determines the maintenance, renovation and future of the coral community. In order to determine the composition, density and importance value of scleractinian juvenile corals (<2 or < 4 cm of diameter; depending of the species) two localities were sampled (Reggae Nest and El Faro) at the deep leeward terrace site of San Andres Island. Also, in 47 quadrants of 1m2 distributed throughout a guide line, frequency of partial mortality, total diseases and depredation signs in juvenile corals were quantified. A total of 397 juveniles of 16 species were egistered. The average density and richness of juveniles were not significantly different between Reggae Nest and El Faro. The average density of both localities was high compared to other colombian reefs and lower compared to other reefs in the Caribbean. The species with higher importance value, Agaricia agaricites, Scolymia sp. and Porites astreoides, represented 54.9% of all juveniles, similar to other aribbean reefs. The.....
Other TitleComposition and density of juvenile corals at two deep reefs in San Andrés Island, Colombian Caribbean
JournalBoletín de investigaciones marinas y costeras
PublisherINVEMAR, Santa Marta (Colombia)
Spatial CoverageSan Andres Island