Population Analysis of an Introduced Coral Species, Tubastraea coccinea, in Florida

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Population Analysis of an Introduced Coral Species, Tubastraea coccinea, in Florida

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Title: Population Analysis of an Introduced Coral Species, Tubastraea coccinea, in Florida
Author: Shearer, TL
Abstract: Marine biological invasions pose an increasing threat to the health of already-stressed coral reef ecosystems. Biological and ecological characteristics of the orange cup coral, Tubastraea coccinea, which has been introduced into the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) suggest this species has the potential to negatively impact native reef communities through coral mortality due to overgrowth and allelopathic competition, decrease in recruitment of native species and reductions in biodiversity. This study documents and describes T. coccinea populations inhabiting artificial reefs in Florida, including two within the FKNMS, in an effort to assess this species' distribution and potential impacts on native reef communities. T. coccinea was found in abundance at all four study sites with the highest population density and percent coverage of this species observed on the USCG Duane in the FKNMS. The demographic and biological characteristics of this species suggest it should be considered a potential threat to native communities and efforts should be made to monitor this species in non-native environments.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/10236
Date: 2009

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