Reef-building coral communities of Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile

Peter W. Glynn, Gerard M. Wellington, Evie A. Wieters, Sergio A. Navarrete

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Abstract

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and Sala y Gómez Island are Chile's only subtropical marine environments supporting reef-building corals. Little is known of the coral fauna and coral communities of Sala y Gómez Island. Information on Easter Island's coral fauna has increased slowly, from sporadic taxonomic studies in the early to late 1900s to a comprehensive reconnaissance of subtidal communities published in 1988. Eleven species of zooxanthellate corals are currently recognized and only two of these, Pocillopora verrucosa and Porites lobata, contribute significantly to the live substrate cover. Coral communities are prevalent around most island exposures, best developed from about 5-50 m depth, except for the southeastern shore which is frequently subject to strong wave assault. Unfortunately, little information is available for any resource species. Official statistics or estimates of population size, fishing effort or pressure have not been kept at the same pace as on mainland Chile because many of the harvested species are locally consumed and have not been declared fished resources. Corals themselves are either sold as whole bleached colonies or as carved statues, jewelry, and parts of other curios. Recently, the Chilean government has realized the importance of protecting these coral communities that contain a high percentage of endemic species. With the recent establishment of Chile's first three submarine parks at Easter island, this new level of governmental sanction, with increased public awareness and support, should help sustain the biodiversity and vitality of the island's unique coral communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLatin American Coral Reefs
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Pages473-494
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780444513885
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003

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Polynesia
Coral Reefs
Anthozoa
Reefs
Chile
Biodiversity
Pacific Ocean Islands
corals
reefs
Statistics
Substrates
Islands
Jewelry
fauna
Population Density
marine environment
indigenous species
population size
statistics
Pressure

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  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Glynn, P. W., Wellington, G. M., Wieters, E. A., & Navarrete, S. A. (2003). Reef-building coral communities of Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile. In Latin American Coral Reefs (pp. 473-494). Elsevier B.V.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-044451388-5/50021-7

Reef-building coral communities of Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile. / Glynn, Peter W.; Wellington, Gerard M.; Wieters, Evie A.; Navarrete, Sergio A.

Latin American Coral Reefs. Elsevier B.V., 2003. p. 473-494.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Glynn, PW, Wellington, GM, Wieters, EA & Navarrete, SA 2003, Reef-building coral communities of Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile. in Latin American Coral Reefs. Elsevier B.V., pp. 473-494. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-044451388-5/50021-7
Glynn PW, Wellington GM, Wieters EA, Navarrete SA. Reef-building coral communities of Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile. In Latin American Coral Reefs. Elsevier B.V. 2003. p. 473-494 https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-044451388-5/50021-7
Glynn, Peter W. ; Wellington, Gerard M. ; Wieters, Evie A. ; Navarrete, Sergio A. / Reef-building coral communities of Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile. Latin American Coral Reefs. Elsevier B.V., 2003. pp. 473-494
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