This week’s PLoS ONE featured image is taken from an article published today entitled, Reef Endemism, Host Specificity and Temporal Stability in Populations of Symbiotic Dinoflagellates from Two Ecologically Dominant Caribbean Corals, by Daniel J. Thornhill, Yu Xiang, William K. Fitt and Scott R. Santos. In the article, the authors provide a fine-scale temporal and spatial analysis of Symbiodinium population structure among reef-building corals of the Caribbean. The study adds to our understanding of Symbiodinium genetics and has implications for the effects of global climate change on coral reefs.
The image is published as Figure 4: “Photographs of a bleached Montastraea faveolata colony during and following the 2005 high-temperature bleaching event. Photographs of a single colony of M. faveolata from Norman’s Patch reef (Exuma Cays, Bahamas) during the bleaching event in September 2005 (A), following the bleaching event in November 2005 (B), and following recovery in June 2006 (C). Images have been histogram equalized to reduce underexposure from surrounding sea-water. Photo credits: Dustin W. Kemp and Jennifer McCabe-Reynolds.”
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