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Coral mortality in NW Mediterranean

TitleCoral mortality in NW Mediterranean
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsRodolfo-Metalpa R, Bianchi CN, Peirano A
JournalCoral Reefs
KeywordsBalanophyllia europaea, benthos, biodiversité, biodiversity, Cladocora caespitosa, climate change, coral, coral reef, Italie, Italy, mass mortality, Méditerranée nord-occidentale, Mer Méditerranée, mortalité massive, mortality, récif coralien, scleractinian

In the Gulf of La Spezia (Italy, NW Mediterranean) we observed mortality of two common zooxanthellate species indigenous to the Mediterranean: Balanophyllia europaea and Cladocora caespitosa (Zibrowius 1980). The former is a solitary species; the latter is colonial and may form sizeable colonies.

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