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Redescripción de Percnon pascuensis (Brachyura, Grapsoidea, Percnidae) de Rapa Nui

Mass mortality of Eunicella singularis (Anthozoa: Octocorallia) in the Chafarinas Islands (North Africa, Western Mediterranean Sea)

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J. Manuel Tierno de Figueroa

jmtdef@ugr.es

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Departamento de Zoología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Granada, 18071, Granada, Spain

Antonio de la Linde-Rubio

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Urbanización los Delfines, Pl 4, 2º, 11207, Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain

Manuel J. López-Rodríguez

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Departamento de Ecología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain

Luis Sánchez-Tocino

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Departamento de Zoología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Granada, 18071, Granada, Spain

Abstract

Records of mortality after a high temperature event in 2014 in the white gorgonian Eunicella singularis were compiled in six different locations around the Chafarinas Islands. Quadrats were used to quantify dead colonies, colonies affected by epibionts and healthy colonies at different depths. No relationship was found between depth and percentage of affected colonies; however, differences in the mortality among sites were detected. On average, 43% of the colonies of E. singularis were found dead, 21% damaged and 36% healthy. These results highlight the need of further researches for monitoring the colonies of this species considering future scenarios of rising temperature.

Key words

Conservation Status, Damaged Colonies, High Water Temperature, White Gorgonian

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