Marine Biology

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 101–107 | Cite as

Growth and form in the reef-building coral Montastrea annularis

  • P. Dustan


The in-situ growth rate of the reef coral Montastrea annularis on a reef at Jamaica, W. Indies was determined for a 1-year period using Alizarin Red-S staining techniques. Growth rate is correlated with water depth and growth form. The flattened growth form of M. annularis allows for continued rapid increase in colony surface area at low light intensities. The geomorphology of Jamaican reefs may in part be controlled by the population ecology of M. annularis.


Growth Rate Light Intensity Water Depth Reef Coral Growth Form 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Dustan
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and EvolutionState University of New YorkStony Brook
  2. 2.Discovery Bay Marine LaboratoryJamaica
  3. 3.Coral Reef ProjectHarbor Branch FoundationKey LargoUSA

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