Comparison of Acropora formosa coral growth in natural habitat condition between Tioman Island and Pangkor Island, Malaysia

Loke Hai Xin, Alvin Cheliah, Chen Sue Yee, Julian Hyde, Zaidi Che Cob, Kee Alfian Abdul Adzis

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Acropora formosa, a reef-building coral abundant in Tioman Island and Pangkor Island was studied for its extension growth (extension of the main branch) and proto-branch generation (frequency of new axial branch generated from the main branch) in its natural reef habitat. Measurements of extension growth using flexible measuring tape and observations of proto-branch generation were conducted every two months for a period of six months. The chosen sites were Pulau Renggis in Tioman Island and Pangkor Laut in Pangkor Island. Additional measurements of photosynthetic yield (AF/Fm') using diving PAM and parameters (PAR light intensity, Secchi disk visibility and temperature) were recorded respectively. The extension growth of A. formosa was better in Pangkor Laut (3.91 ± 2.37cm) than Pulau Renggis (2.32 ± 1.62cm) after six months. The proto-branch generation rate was also higher in Pangkor laut (59.09%) than in Pulau Renggis (19.23%). The factors affecting this outcome and growth comparisons between other studies were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-45
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Science and Technology in the Tropics
Volume9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013

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Keywords

  • Acropora formosa
  • Coral growth
  • Pangkor Island
  • Tioman Island

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Comparison of Acropora formosa coral growth in natural habitat condition between Tioman Island and Pangkor Island, Malaysia. / Xin, Loke Hai; Cheliah, Alvin; Yee, Chen Sue; Hyde, Julian; Che Cob, Zaidi; Abdul Adzis, Kee Alfian.

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Xin, Loke Hai ; Cheliah, Alvin ; Yee, Chen Sue ; Hyde, Julian ; Che Cob, Zaidi ; Abdul Adzis, Kee Alfian. / Comparison of Acropora formosa coral growth in natural habitat condition between Tioman Island and Pangkor Island, Malaysia. In: Journal of Science and Technology in the Tropics. 2013 ; Vol. 9, No. 1. pp. 31-45.
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