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Hunter S. Lenihan, James L. Hench, Sally J. Holbrook, Russell J. Schmitt, and Matthew Potoski. 2015. Hydrodynamics influence coral performance through simultaneous direct and indirect effects. Ecology 96:15401549.

Appendix C. Description of the coral transplanting methods.

On 11 December 2006, near uniform-sized colony fragments (“nubbins”; 60–68 mm tall, 24–37 mm in diameter) were collected from several naturally-occurring donor colonies located in a nearby back reef location. Nubbins were transported in seawater to the laboratory. After 24 hr, 120 nubbins were randomly selected and buoyant weighed (Davies 1989); initial buoyant weights ranged from 3.5–9.2 gm. After an additional 24 hr, corals were outplanted by divers to sites L1–L5. (see Lenihan et al. 2011 for other details on methods).

Literature cited

Davies, P. S. 1989. Short-term growth measurements of corals using an accurate buoyant weighing technique. Marine Biology 101:389–395.

Lenihan, H. S., S. J. Holbrook, R. J. Schmitt, and A. J. Brooks. 2011. Influence of corallivory, competition, and habitat structure on coral community shifts. Ecology 92:1959–1971.

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