Large Porites microatoll found by aerial survey at Sesoko Island, Okinawa, Japan

Coral Reefs, Oct 2017

Ichiro Takeuchi, Hideyuki Yamashiro

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Large Porites microatoll found by aerial survey at Sesoko Island, Okinawa, Japan

Large Porites microatoll found by aerial survey at Sesoko Island, Okinawa, Japan The hermatypic coral 0 1 2 Porites 0 1 2 grows into a large 0 1 2 solid or flat-topped microatoll 0 1 2 typically comprised of a single coral colony 0 1 2 usually round 0 1 2 Scoffin 0 1 2 southern China was ca. 0 1 2 m in diameter (Woodroffe 0 1 2 Webster 0 1 2 (Fig. 0 1 2 ) was found ca. 0 1 2 Okinawa 0 1 2 Japan ( 0 1 2 E) by aerial surveys in March-April 0 1 2 using a drone (Phantom 0 1 2 Professional 0 1 2 DJI Co. Ltd 0 1 2 Guangdong 0 1 2 China) 0 1 2 m. The length of the longest axis is 0 1 2 the cir- cumference is 0 1 2 mm yr- 0 1 2 (Hayashi et al. 0 1 2 ). At this growth rate 0 1 2 the age of the microatoll is between 0 1 2 0 H. Yamashiro Sesoko Station, Tropical Biosphere Research Center, University of the Ryukyus , Motobu, Okinawa , Japan 1 I. Takeuchi (&) Graduate School of Agriculture, Ehime University , Matsuyama, Ehime , Japan 2 Hayashi E, Suzuki A, Nakamura T, Iwase A, Ishimura T, Fig. 1 Large Porites microatoll at Sesoko Island , Okinawa, Japan. a Aerial photo taken from an Acknowledgements Comments from Dr. A. Suzuki improved the manuscript. The study was partially supported by JSPS KAKENHI (No. 15K12253).


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Ichiro Takeuchi, Hideyuki Yamashiro. Large Porites microatoll found by aerial survey at Sesoko Island, Okinawa, Japan, Coral Reefs, 2017, 1-1, DOI: 10.1007/s00338-017-1626-1