Mar Biodiv (2018) 48:951–952 DOI 10.1007/s12526-016-0554-6 OCEANARIUM Fast growth rate in a young colony of the Mediterranean gorgonian Eunicella singularis 1 2 3 Núria Viladrich & Andrea Gori & Josep-Maria Gili Received: 23 March 2016 /Revised: 26 July 2016 /Accepted: 27 July 2016 /Published online: 5 August 2016 Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016 Gorgonian corals are generally slow-growing and long-lived young colony (around 2 years of age) (Fig. 1), which organisms, which can act as structural species in benthic eco- grew on the cable of a mooring in the coastal area of systems ranging from tropical to polar regions. Slow gorgoni- Cap de Creus (42°17′03″N, 003°17′95″E) in the north- −1 an growth (up to 2.3 cm year ) is particularly evident in deep western Mediterranean Sea, revealed a minimum growth −1 and polar species (Risk et al. 2002; Martinez-Dios et al. 2016 rate of 7.71 cm year in maximum height, and 29.35 cm −1 and references therein), but it has also been reported (up to year in total branch extension. This demonstrates that, −1 2.7 cm year ) in temperate species (Coma et al. 1998 and at least during the first years, the temperate E.
Marine Biodiversity – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 5, 2016
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