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High resolution stable isotope records of sclreractinian corals near Ishigaki Island: Their implication as a potential paleoclimatic recorder in middle latitude regions

  • Michiyo Shimamura
  • Kiseong HyeongEmail author
  • Chan Min Yoo
  • Tsuyoshi Watanabe
  • Tomohisa Irino
  • Hoi-Soo Jung


We propose skeletal δ18O of Platygyra, a hermatypic reef building massive coral, as a potential paleo-SST proxy in midlatitude regions, where the commonly used massive Porites corals are rare. Skeletal δ18O ratio (δ18Oc) of a Platygyra and Porites corals collected from Ishigaki Island, Japan, shows a clear seasonality corresponding to SST variation. The temperature dependence of the Platygyra coral was estimated, for the first time with appropriate sampling resolution, at −0.219‰/°C (T = −4.57δ18Oc + 2.65, r2=0.96). Massive Platygyra colonies show a wide distribution from the tropics to mid-latitudes further northwards than Porites. Platygyra’s adaptation to colder water temperatures and strong temperature dependence of δ18Oc suggest its application as a potential paleo-SST proxy for mid-latitude regions, where high resolution SST proxies are not available, as well as in tropical to subtropical regions.


paleo-SST proxy coral Porites Platygyra oxygen isotope ratios Faviid corals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michiyo Shimamura
    • 1
  • Kiseong Hyeong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chan Min Yoo
    • 1
  • Tsuyoshi Watanabe
    • 2
  • Tomohisa Irino
    • 3
  • Hoi-Soo Jung
    • 4
  1. 1.Marine Resources Research DepartmentKorea Ocean Research and Development Institute, AnsanSeoulKorea
  2. 2.Graduate School of ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of Environmental Earth ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  4. 4.Marine Environment Research DepartmentKorea Ocean Research & Development Institute, AnsanSeoulKorea

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