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Coral Reefs

, Volume 6, Issue 3–4, pp 251–262 | Cite as

Halimeda contribution to organic and inorganic production in a Tahitian reef system

  • Claude Elisabeth Payri
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Abstract

Of the seven species of Halimeda inhabiting a lagoon on Moorea island, three representing 10% of the algal covering and averaging 111 g of dry weight m-2, have been studied in the course of a year. The biomass, measured bimonthly, stresses a slight seasonal variability in the species life. The main decrease was reported for H. opuntia after a fruiting event, which happened in October. The primary production was assessed, in situ, periodically over a year, by measuring oxygen variations in enclosures. Either expressed on specific-weight basis or in area units, the highest primary productions were recorded for H. opuntia. Productions and biomasses vary simultaneously during the year. The three species produce all together about 6 g C m-2y-1. The growth rate of the sand-dwelling H. incrassata f. ovata was followed during the year by staining, in the field, individuals with alizarin Red-S. The average rates measured were 3.3 segments ind-1d-1 and 0.17 gdw d-1m-2. The contribution of the three species to the carbonate budget of the reef was estimated by total alkalinity measurements during 24-h cycles. H. opuntia had the highest CaCO3 production. For the three species studied, CaCO3 production of 1.4 kg m-2y-1, which could correspond to a 0.4mm/year accretion of the studied reefal system, was estimated.

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Alkalinity Total Alkalinity Carbonate Budget Halimeda Reef System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claude Elisabeth Payri
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de CryptogamieInstitut de BotaniqueMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.Centre de l'Environnement de MooreaAntenne Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle et Ecole Pratique des Hautes EtudesFrench Polynesia

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