Biogeochemical analysis of the calcification patterns of cold-water corals Madrepora oculata and Lophelia pertusa along contact surfaces with calcified tubes of the symbiotic polychaete Eunice norvegica: evaluation of a ‘mucus’ calcification hypothesis

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Publication Details

Author(s): Oppelt A, López Correa M, Rocha C
Journal: Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 127
Pages range: 90-104
ISSN: 0967-0637
Language: English


Abstract


The scleractinian cold-water corals (CWCs), including the species Madrepora oculata and especially Lophelia pertusa, have been studied extensively in an attempt to decipher environmental signals recorded during biomineralisation in order to extract environmental chronologies. However, understanding the mechanisms of carbonate precipitation is a prerequisite to interpret variations in geochemical signatures locked into the skeleton during coral growth; to date results are still inconclusive. Here a novel approach, comparing the calcification patterns within the coral microstructure of species L. pertusa and M. oculata and the geochemistry along the contact surfaces with calcified polychaete tubes is undertaken to provide additional information on the mechanisms of biomineralisation in colonial corals. The fact that no significant difference in microstructures, variations in growth rate, or geochemical composition between the corallite theca and the calcified polychaete tube was detectable leads to the conclusion that both have been deposited by the coral tissue in L. pertusa and M. oculata. Based on prior knowledge on the symbiotic relationship between CWCs and the polychaete Eunice norvegica, an involvement of mucus in the calcification of the parchment tubes had been suspected. However, we found only evidence for aragonite precipitated by coral tissue, without evidence for an involvement of mucus in the calcification.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

López Correa, Matthias
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt


External institutions
Trinity College Dublin


How to cite

APA:
Oppelt, A., López Correa, M., & Rocha, C. (2017). Biogeochemical analysis of the calcification patterns of cold-water corals Madrepora oculata and Lophelia pertusa along contact surfaces with calcified tubes of the symbiotic polychaete Eunice norvegica: evaluation of a ‘mucus’ calcification hypothesis. Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers, 127, 90-104. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2017.08.006

MLA:
Oppelt, Alexandra, Matthias López Correa, and Carlos Rocha. "Biogeochemical analysis of the calcification patterns of cold-water corals Madrepora oculata and Lophelia pertusa along contact surfaces with calcified tubes of the symbiotic polychaete Eunice norvegica: evaluation of a ‘mucus’ calcification hypothesis." Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers 127 (2017): 90-104.

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