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Coral Reefs

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 169–176 | Cite as

Widespread occurrence of mycosporine-like amino acid compounds in scleractinians from French Polynesia

  • T. Teai
  • J. H. Drollet
  • J.-P. Bianchini
  • A. Cambon
  • P. M. V. Martin
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Abstract.

 A survey of 23 species of scleractinians, belonging to seven families and 8 genera, collected from two different areas in French Polynesia, showed that all specimens possessed between four and seven UV-absorbing compounds, identified as mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs). In all, 11 different MAAs molecules were found, of which two were previously unknown. Palythine and mycosporine-glycine were the most abundant MAAs in the corals. With few exceptions, most specimens of each species possessed the same pattern of MAAs. Similarly, species from the same genus also had very similar qualitative composition of MAAs, although quantities of individuals MAAs varied from specimen to specimen. This suggests that MAAs are ancient and evolutionarily well conserved.

Keywords

High Performance Liquid Chromatography Coral Reef Great Barrier Reef MAAs Content Tuamotu Archipelago 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Teai
    • 1
  • J. H. Drollet
    • 1
  • J.-P. Bianchini
    • 2
  • A. Cambon
    • 3
  • P. M. V. Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biologie du Stress en Milieu Marin,, B.P. 30, Papeete, Polynésie FrançaiseXX
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique Appliquée, , Punauia, Polynésie FrançaiseXX
  3. 3.Laboratoire de Chimie Organique du Fluor, Parc Valrose,, Nice,FranceFR

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