publication . Article . 2009

Mycosporine-like amino acids in six scleractinian coral species

Ahmad A. Al-Utaibi; Gul Raze Niaz; Sultan S. Al-Lihaibi*;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2009 Journal: Oceanologia, volume 51, issue 1, pages 93-104 (issn: 0078-3234, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract
Mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs) were studied in stony coral species (Fungiidae) along the Eastern coast of the Red Sea. Six species - <i>Fungia scutaria</i>, <i>F. danai</i>, <i>F. corona</i>, <i>F. repanda</i>, <i>Ctenactis echinata</i> and <i>Lithophyllor lobata</i> - were examined for MAAs at water depths of 5, 10, 15 and 20 m. Protein and chlorophyll were also determined and showed higher contents in winter than in summer. Generally, the total content of MAAs in summer was found to be approximately three times greater than in winter. Overall, concentrations of MAAs were greatest at a depth of 5 m. Porphyra-334 was the most abundant MAA in <i>F. Scutaria<...
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free text keywords: Red Sea, Jeddah coast, Hard corals, Fungia spp., Mycosporine-like amino acids, lcsh:Oceanography, lcsh:GC1-1581
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