Data Set (knb-lter-mcr.2002.3)

MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Growth and scaling of photosynthetic energy intake in Fungia concinna: Elahi & Edmunds 2007 JEMBE

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Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.2002.3 (in the knb Catalog System)

For many marine invertebrates, the maximum size of an individual is influenced heavily by environmental factors and may be limited by energetic constraints. In this study, an energetic model developed originally for anemones was applied to the free-living scleractinian Fungia concinna (Verrill) from Moorea, French Polynesia to test the hypothesis that energetic constraints limit the size of this solitary coral. The modified model assumed that photosynthesis was the primary source of metabolic energy, and that metabolic costs were represented by aerobic respiration; these sources and sinks of energy were compared using daily energy budgets that were analyzed using double logarithmic regressions of energy against coral size.

These data were published in Elahi, R. and P.J. Edmunds. 2007. Determinate growth and the scaling of photosynthetic energy intake in the solitary coral Fungia concinna (Verrill). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 349:183-193. and were part of the masters thesis of R. Elahi (2005).

Publication Date: 2012-02-24
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Field PAR Photon Flux Density
The photon flux density (pfd) data from 1-13 March 2005 which is plotted in Figure 2 of Elahi & Edmunds 2007. These data were collected on land, and PAR at 15 m depth was calculated by multiplying land PFD by 0.055 (% transmittance to 15 m depth).
Surface Area and Mass
Surface area and mass of each of nine sucessful trials used to plot the P-I curve in Figure 2 (inset) of Elahi & Edmunds 2007.
Photosynthesis Irradiance and Oxygen Evolution
Oxygen evolution data for each photosynthesis irradiance from nine successful trials used to plot the P-I curve in Figure 2 (inset) of Elahi & Edmunds 2007.
Zooxanthellae counts and chlorophyll content for 12 corals used in Figure 3 of Elahi & Edmunds 2007.
Tissue mass data for 12 corals used in Figure 3 of Elahi & Edmunds 2007.
Skeletal weight and calcification data for 26 corals used in Figure 3 of Elahi & Edmunds 2007.
Energy Budget
Daily estimates of energy cost and intake for each coral used in the Figure 4 inset of Elahi & Edmunds 2007. (See methods for calculation details.)
Size Distribution
Mean length and surface area data for the histogram in Figure 4 of Elahi & Edmunds 2007.
People and Organizations:
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Contact: Information Manager, Moorea Coral Reef LTER [  email ]
Organization Moorea Coral Reef LTER
Owner: Elahi, Robin (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Graduate Student) 
Owner: Edmunds, Peter (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Principal Investigator) [  email ]

Data Set Citation

How to cite this dataset: Elahi, R and P. Edmunds of Moorea Coral Reef LTER. 2012. MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Growth and scaling of photosynthetic energy intake in Fungia concinna: Elahi & Edmunds 2007 JEMBE. knb-lter-mcr.2002.3

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Key Words and Terms

By Thesaurus:
MCR, LTER, Long-term Time Series, French Polynesia, Moorea
University of California Santa Barbara, California State University Northridge, NSF, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station
Fungia concinna, Scleractinia, Scleractinian Coral, Community, Demographics, Forereef
NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus Corals, Carbonate rocks, Coral Reefs, Shallow water, Marine environments, Polyps (organisms), Photosynthesis
LTER Core Research Area Populations
MCR Research Theme Ocean Acidification, Reef Resistance and Resilience
MCR-LTER Working Group Population and Community Dynamics

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