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Quinn, Norman J.; Kojis, Barbara L.
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Invertebrate recruitment patterns inside and outside Discovery Bay, Jamaica [Abstract]
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Tenth International Coral Reef Symposium
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June 27 - July 2, 2004
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Okinawa, Japan
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Abstract
Coral and motile invertebrate settlement patterns were examined from collectors placed both within and outside Discovery Bay, Jamaica on the west fore reef. The numbers of species and individuals settling on mid-water witham collectors and on terracotta tiles were recorded at Columbus Park reef within Discovery Bay and on collectors and tiles placed outside Discovery bay on the West Fore Reef. Protected inshore waters are the preferred settlement habitat for spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) pueruli in other Caribbean studies. No pueruli settled on collectors within Discovery Bay. As well, fewer numbers of individuals and species of other invertebrates settled on collectors within the bay. Tiles were deployed where healthy coral reefs had existed over 25 years ago. Today the Columbus Park reef is characterized by coral rubble, zooanthids and Millepora coral. Outside the bay on the West Fore reefs are characterized by high algal cover and low percent coral cover.....
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