Tropical Reef Corals: Tolerance of Low Temperatures on the North Carolin

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Science  17 Oct 1969:
Vol. 166, Issue 3903, pp. 374-375
DOI: 10.1126/science.166.3903.374


Individual heads of two species of reef or herinatypic coral, Solenastrea hyades (Dana) and Siderastrea siderea (Ellis and Solander), occur on rock outcrops on the inner continental shelf off North Carolina in waters where winter bottom temperatures are as low as 10.6°C. These temperatures are significantly lower than previously assumed minimum temperatures for the survival of tropical reef corals in their natural environment.

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