[Coral-List] High Salinity
eweil at caribe.net
Wed Sep 1 10:28:40 EDT 2004
With reference to your question about coral survival at high salinities, I have observed species like Siderastrea radians, Porites furcata (or a different sp.) P. "branneri" and sometimes P. astreoides, doing well in tide/splash pools formed on rocky and consolidated limestone shores/terraces in Venezuela, Bonaire, Curacao and other Caribbean localities. Not only the salinity gets higher than 42 due to the high evaporation rates, but temperatures can rise above 35 C sometimes. What is remarkable is that these species withstand the high variability of these parameters on a daily and seasonal basis.
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