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New paper on the limits of physiological plasticity of Pocillopora verrucosa from the central Red Sea


In this paper, we explore the reasons why the branching coral Pocillopora verrucosa are most abundant in shallow, high light environments. We conducted a cross-depths transplantation experiment to look at physiological plasticity after 30 and 210 days by examining changes in photosynthetic light-harvesting pigments and stable carbon isotope data. We conclude that this species may be vulnerable to sudden changes in underwater light fields caused by events such as increased turbidity in the water column due to coastal development along the Saudi Arabian Red Sea coast.