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7. Recruitment A total of 746 quadrats, each 0.25 m2 in area, were assessed for coral recruits (0-2 cm diameter) on 19 reefs. Overall, 153 recruits were identified within 12% of the quadrats examined; 88% of the quadrats contained 0 recruits. Recruits occurred at a mean density of 3.28 recruits/m2, with the highest density recorded at PB-06, 09, and 12 (Fig. 27). Recruits consisted of 16 species of reef building corals, with 6 species making up 80% of all recruits. The dominant recruits were S. siderea (27%), P. astreoides (19%), A. agaricites (14%), M. cavernosa (7%), Favia fragum (6.5%) and Meandrina meandrites (5.8%) (Fig. 28). Two M. annularis (complex) recruits were identified.

No recruits per square meter

12 10 8 6 4 2 0

Fig. 27. Density of recruits within the 19 reefs examined on Pedro Bank. All species are pooled. 0.3

Proportion of recruits

0.25 0.2 0.15 0.1 0.05 0 SSID

PAST

AAGA

MCAV

FFRA

MMEA

SINT

DSTR

other

Fig. 28. Proportion of recruits for each coral taxon. Data are pooled for all sites examined on Pedro Bank, Jamaica.  

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Global Reef Expedition Final Report: Jamaica  

In March of 2012, scientists on the Global Reef Expedition set out to assess the community structure, health, and resilience of corals and c...

Global Reef Expedition Final Report: Jamaica  

In March of 2012, scientists on the Global Reef Expedition set out to assess the community structure, health, and resilience of corals and c...

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