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Status of Coral Reefs of Little Cayman, Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, British West Indies, in 1999 and 2000 (Part 1: Stony Corals and Algae)
Atoll Research Bulletin
  • Carrie Manfrino, Kean University
  • Bernhard Riegl, Nova Southeastern University
  • Jerome L. Hall, Texas A&M University
  • Robert Graifman, Marine Environmental Education and Research Institute
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2003
Abstract
A benthic assessment of the isolated Cayman Islands was completed at 42 sites. Major changes in the reef community structure were documented by comparison with earlier studies. Acropora palmata and A. cervicornis, once abundant as shallow framework builders, were uncommon. Diseased stony corals were seen in >90% of the study sites, with the highest averages in Little Cayman, especially at Bloody Bay which is one of the most highly regulated marine parks in the Cayman Islands. The Montastraea annularis species complex accounted for two-thirds of the diseased corals which, along with other massive species, were affected largely by white-plague disease. Recent partial-colony mortality was particularly high in Grand Cayman. However, small- to intermediate-sized (M. annularis complex) suggest a strong potential for population regeneration. Algal competition generally did not appear to be a problem for stony corals, and bleaching was insignificant, yet more prevalent, in the deeper (>10 m) sites.
Additional Comments
Austrian Science Foundation grant #: P13165-GEO
ORCID ID
0000-0002-6003-9324
ResearcherID
F-8807-2011
DOI
10.5479/si.00775630.496-11.204
Citation Information
Carrie Manfrino, Bernhard Riegl, Jerome L. Hall and Robert Graifman. "Status of Coral Reefs of Little Cayman, Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, British West Indies, in 1999 and 2000 (Part 1: Stony Corals and Algae)" Atoll Research Bulletin Vol. 496 Iss. 11 (2003) p. 204 - 225 ISSN: 0077-5630
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joshua-feingold/1/