Raised reef on Larak suggests Acropora dominance on the Persian Gulf coral reefs since the Pleistocene
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The Larak outcrop allows us for the first time to clearly establish that Acropora has been a dominant member of Persian Gulf coral assemblages since the Pleistocene. While Acropora remain common in the northern Gulf, rapidly recurring bleaching events caused their abrupt decline in the southern Gulf (Riegl et al. 2011). Their dire situation in the southern Gulf may herald an interruption of long-term ecological persistence of Acropora dominance. This is eerily similar to the situation observed in the Caribbean (Pandolfi and Jackson 2006).
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