Abstract: Destruction and recovery of hermatypic coral communities during and after the 1998 bleaching event were compared quantitatively among three representative field sites (inner reef flat, outer reef flat, and reef slope) at Urasoko Bay, Ishigaki Island, southwestern Japan. As a result of bleaching, corals drastically decreased in number and coverage at all study sites and final coral coverage, at the heavily destroyed outer reef flat, was only 8.2 % of that prior to bleaching. Differential susceptibili…
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