Coral Reefs

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 133–138

Light-dependence in scleractinian distribution in the sublittoral zone of South China Sea Islands

  • E. A. Titlyanov
  • Y. Y. Latypov

DOI: 10.1007/BF00572172

Cite this article as:
Titlyanov, E.A. & Latypov, Y.Y. Coral Reefs (1991) 10: 133. doi:10.1007/BF00572172


The distribution of 64 reef-building scleractinian species was studied in turbid waters of the South China Sea. The depth limit of scleractinian distribution in the Gulf of Siam is 18–20 m with 8–2% of incident surface irradiance, which is close to the lower light limit of most corals containing zooxanthellae. Forty percent of the scleractinian species studied inhabit the entire depth range with 70–30% of incident surface irradiance. No specific “grotto” species were identified even in sites of extreme shading, though only explanate plate, corymbose and encrusting colonies were found in low light levels.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. A. Titlyanov
    • 1
  • Y. Y. Latypov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Marine Biology, Far East BranchUSSR Academy of SciencesVladivostokUSSR

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