[Coral-List] Ideal Temperatures for Coral growth

Eugene Shinn eugeneshinn at mail.usf.edu
Wed Sep 10 14:23:50 EDT 2014

Good point about temperature tolerance of corals in the Persian/Arabian 
Gulf were made by Joerg Wiedenmann (Coral-List Digest Vol 73, Issue 12. 
There was an even earlier reference to temperature tolerance in that 
area. ( Kinsman D. J. J., 1964, Reef coral tolerance of high 
temperatures and salinities: Nature, v. 202, p. 1280-1282). Most 
staghorn corals in the Arabian gulf, however, did not survive the severe 
freeze of Feb 1964. (Shinn, E.A., 1976, Coral reef recovery in Florida 
and the Persian Gulf: Environmental Geology, v. 1, p. 241-254.) and many 
succumbed to high temperatures during the world-wide EL Nino of 1998. Gene


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