Pattern of Algal Succession in the Tropical Subtidal Coral Reef Community at Koh Taen, Mu Ko Thale Tai National Park, the Gulf of Thailand.

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Jatdilok Titioatchasai
Anchana Prathep
Jaruwan mayakun

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The pattern of algal succession was investigated at a subtidal reef, Koh Taen, Mu Ko Thale Tai National Park, Gulf of Thailand. Patches (20×20 cm) were cleared from dead massive corals and monitored from May 2017-May 2018. The results showed the early succession pattern during this study. Red turf algae and Padina in Vaughaniella stage were early colonizers, followed by Lobophora variegata. Red turf algae were the dominant taxa, with the highest percentage cover throughout the year. It might be because these algae can reproduce throughout the year, with rapid growth and has quick colonization abilities, in contrast with other species that have distinct reproductive periods and has slower colonization abilities. Additionally, red turf algae can trap sediment that might prevent settlement of other algal species. Algal species diversity after clearing was reduced, and then recovered after 3-4 months. Coral settlements were found in cleared patches, but these died after one month of settlement.

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