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Title: Location-Specific Metrics for Rapidly Estimating the Abundance and Condition of the Threatened Coral Acropora cervicornis
Short Name: Location-Specific Metrics for Rapidly Estimating the Abundance and Condition of the Threatened Coral Acropora cervicornis
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2014-05-01

"We developed a method for quantifying the abundance of the threatened staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) and evaluated the accuracy of commonly used methods to assess colony condition. For small- to medium-sized colonies, we show that colony ellipsoid volume estimated from simple colony dimensions serves as a reliable and efficient proxy for the more time-consuming, conventional measure of colony total linear extension, and that this predictive relationship varies significantly among extant populations in the Caribbean. We also determined that visual estimates of colony partial mortality closely approximate to true values for colonies with <25% mortality, with in situ estimates outperforming estimates from digital images. These results provide coral reef managers and restoration practitioners with guidance for assessing partial mortality and location-specific regression models to estimate 'amount' of staghorn coral in both extant and restored staghorn populations in Belize, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, U.S.A. As staghorn coral monitoring and restoration efforts continue to expand in the Caribbean, these methods for quickly determining staghorn abundance and condition will directly aid resource managers tasked with monitoring wild populations and tracking restoration success over time."

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Huntington B and Miller MW (2014) Location-specific metrics for rapidly estimating the abundance and condition of the endangered coral, Acropora cervicornis. Restoration Ecology 22:299-309. DOI: 10.1111/rec.12057.


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None monitoring
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None staghorn coral
None total linear extension

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Document Type: Journal article
Format: Acrobat Portable Document Format
Status Code: Published

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CC ID: 196685
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Catalog Item ID: 24308
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:24308
Metadata Record Created By: Sarah A O'Connor
Metadata Record Created: 2015-04-07 16:44+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2022-04-27
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
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Metadata Last Review Date: 2022-04-27
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2023-04-27