Calcification responses of subtropical corals to ocean acidification: a case study from Sesoko Island, Okinawa, Japan

We investigated the effect of five levels of pCO2-adjusted seawater (300 μatm [pre-industrial] to 1200 μatm [near-future]) on calcification rates of six coral species: Acropora nasutaA. tenuisMontipora digitataPocillopora damicornisPorites cylindrica, and Galaxea fascicularis, which are common species in the subtropical Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan. In most species, declines in calcification rates were pCO2-dependent as previously reported. Responses to lower pH seawater significantly differed among species in common-garden tanks. Corals showed both linear and non-linear responses to a wide range of seawater pCO2, which could be attributable to physiological differences in inter-species. Our results are consistent with previous studies and suggest that the responses of corals to ocean acidification can vary among species.

Tomoko Bell T., Manullang C., Kumagai N. H., Sakai K.,Suzuki A. & Iguchi A., in press. Calcification responses of subtropical corals to ocean acidification: a case study from Sesoko Island, Okinawa, Japan. Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies. Article.


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