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Skeletal fusion in the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa


Skeletal fusion in the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa.

Author(s) Hennige S. (1); Morrison C. (2); Form A. (3); Büscher J. (3); Kamenos N.A. (4); Roberts J.M. (1)

(1) Heriot Watt University School of Life Sciences; (2) United States Geological Survey Leetown Science Center; (3) Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel (East Shore Campus); (4) University of Glasgow Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences

Subject biota

The cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa is known is routinely skeletally fuse on reefs, and this ability to engineer complex three-dimensional habitats is central to their success and the rich biodiversity they support. However, it has been assumed to date that skeletal fusion is only between closely related individuals. This dataset includes photographic documentation (in situ and in laboratory) of fusion zones between different L. pertusa colour types, and complementary genetic evidence confirming their genetic distinctness. To explore the skeletal fusion further, Scanning Electron Microscope, and Electron Back Scatter Diffraction images were taken of fusion zones. Aragonite crystal organization and bond strength at fusion zones were additionally measured using RAMAN spectroscopy. This dataset is a contribution to the UK Ocean Acidification “Added Value Award” Programme and was collected during the Poseidon 420 cruise in July 2011, in conjunction with BIOACID and participants from Heriot-Watt University, US Geological Survey and GEOMAR. The collection of these data and the subsequent synthesis and intercomparison were funded as part of the UKOA programme by NERC, DEFRA and DECC.

Temporal coverage 17 September 2011 - 22 September 2011
Spatial coverage Norwegian Sea
File format Image, Delimited
Language English
Discovery metadata record Link to the related European Directory of Marine Environmental Data (EDMED) record
Publisher British Oceanographic Data Centre - Natural Environment Research Council, UK
Publication date 03 July 2014
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) doi:10.5285/fd3287f9-f325-7f48-e043-6c86abc09b63
Short DOI doi:10/thq
Citation text Hennige S.; Morrison C.; Form A.; Büscher J.; Kamenos N.A.; Roberts J.M. (2014). Skeletal fusion in the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. British Oceanographic Data Centre - Natural Environment Research Council, UK. doi:10/thq.

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