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dc.creatorProppe, Darren Seanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-22T20:39:39Z
dc.date.available2013-02-22T20:39:39Z
dc.date.created1998en_US
dc.date.issued2013-02-22
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/ETD-TAMU-1998-Fellows-Thesis-P78en_US
dc.descriptionDue to the character of the original source materials and the nature of batch digitization, quality control issues may be present in this document. Please report any quality issues you encounter to digital@library.tamu.edu, referencing the URI of the item.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references: leaves 19-21.en_US
dc.description.abstractRidge mortality is a new coral malady, observed only at the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary and the Florida Keys Sanctuary. Its effects are most dramatically seen on the brain coral (Diploria strigosa). This paper is an attempt to numerically establish, an association between the threespot damselfish, Stegastes planifrons, and D. strigosa affected by ridge mortality. It is known that S. planifrons farm algal patches on open spaces on or around D. strigosa, however it is not known whether or not they farm in higher percentages on corals with ridge mortality. This is the main question this paper addresses. In addition, tests conducted in this project also investigated S. planifrons specific role in ridge mortality. The question is whether the fish initiates the condition by biting coral tissue, or if they take advantage of the open space the condition has made available for farming. Sampling techniques included diver transects, photography and habitat observation. With data collected I have analyzed percent cover of ridge mortality, distribution of S. planifrons , and the correlation between S. planifrons presence and the size of the area infected with ridge mortality. The studies conducted in this research do not give conclusive answers about the cause of ridge mortality, however, they do establish a relationship between S. planifrons and ridge mortality.en_US
dc.format.mediumelectronicen_US
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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M Universityen_US
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries in 2008. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en_US
dc.subjectbiology.en_US
dc.subjectMajor biology.en_US
dc.titleAssociation of the threespot damelsfish (Stegastes planifrons) in ridge mortality of Diploria strigosa in the flower garden banks of the National Marine Sanctuaryen_US
thesis.degree.departmentbiologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinebiologyen_US
thesis.degree.nameFellows Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.levelUndergraduateen_US
dc.type.genrethesisen_US
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