Marine Biology

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 93–100 | Cite as

Effect of temperature and temperature adaptation on calcification rate in the hermatypic coral Pocillopora damicornis

  • C. D. Clausen
  • A. A. Roth


Using 45Ca incorporation into the coral skeleton as a measure of calcification rate, the effect of temperature on clacification rate was studied in the hermatypic coral Pocillopora damicornis. Both immediate and long-term (adaptation) effects were investigated. Temperature has a marked effect on rate — an effect that varies depending on the temperature history of the coral (i.e., temperature adaptation occurs). P. damicornis showed both 27° and 31°C temperature optima, one or the other being dominant depending on the natural water temperature to which the coral was adapted. The two optimum temperatures may indicate two isoenzymes or two alternate metabolic pathways involved in the calcification process.


Water Temperature Metabolic Pathway Natural Water Marked Effect Temperature History 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. D. Clausen
    • 1
  • A. A. Roth
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyLoma Linda UniversityLoma LindaUSA

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