Solar Ultraviolet Radiation and Coral Reef Epifauna

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Science  07 Mar 1980:
Vol. 207, Issue 4435, pp. 1069-1071
DOI: 10.1126/science.207.4435.1069


Many "shade-loving" reef organisms show adverse effects when irradiated with full natural sunlight but not if radiation shorter than 400 nanometers is screened out. Shortwave solar radiation appears to be an important physical factor controlling the biology of shallow tropical benthic marine communities.