Marine Biology

, Volume 145, Issue 2, pp 323–328 | Cite as

Flesh or bone? Quantifying small-scale coral morphology using with-tissue and without-tissue techniques

  • P. A. Todd
  • R. J. Ladle
  • N. J. I. Lewin-Koh
  • L. M. Chou
Research Article

Abstract

The quantification of small-scale coral morphology using tissue-free skeletons often requires colonies, or colony sections, to be removed from the reef. This undesirable destruction can be reduced by using a with-tissue technique based on photographic images of living corals. The results of this study indicate that with-tissue multivariate morphometric data contain similar information to skeleton-derived data and can help identify phenotypic plasticity in the massive coral Favia speciosa. With-tissue data can also be used to discern changes with time in individual polyps exposed to new environments.

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Acknowledgements

This study was funded and supported by the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (grant number RP 3991014). The Tropical Marine Science Institute, Singapore, and the Reef Ecology Survey Team, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS, supplied greatly appreciated field assistance. Many thanks to Peta Sanderson, Roy Sidle, James Guest and Aileen Tan for their editing, discussion and support. The suggestions of three anonymous reviewers much improved the final manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Todd
    • 1
  • R. J. Ladle
    • 2
  • N. J. I. Lewin-Koh
    • 3
  • L. M. Chou
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Life SciencesNapier UniversityEdinburghUK
  2. 2.School of Geography and EnvironmentUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  3. 3.Department of Statistics and Applied ProbabilityNational University of SingaporeSingapore
  4. 4.Department of BiologyNational University of SingaporeSingapore

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