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Micro-CT 3D reconstructions reveal coral growth pattern and parameter
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  • Yixin Li,
  • Tingyu Han,
  • Kun Bi,
  • J.-Y. Chen,
  • Jing Lu,
  • Chunpeng He,
  • Zuhong Lu
Yixin Li
State Key Laboratory of Bioelectronics
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Tingyu Han
State Key Laboratory of Bioelectronics
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Kun Bi
State Key Laboratory of Bioelectronics
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J.-Y. Chen
Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Jing Lu
Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins of Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Chunpeng He
Southeast University
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Zuhong Lu
State Key Laboratory of Bioelectronics
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Abstract

Colony is the basic geometric construction of coral reef. However, both the forming regulations of colony and reef are still obscure. In this study, we reconstructed 21 important samples by high-resolution micro-computed tomography to investigate coral growth pattern and parameter. Our skeleton and canal reconstructions revealed characteristics of different coral species and we further visualized the growth axes and growth rings to reveal coral growth directions. We drew a skeleton gray-scale map and calculated coral skeleton void ratios to reveal skeletal diversity, devising a method to quantify coral growth. On the bases of the 3D reconstructions and growth parameters, we investigated growth strategies of different coral species. This work extends the knowledge of how reef-building corals grow their colonies, giving a hint on reef forming regulation. The data of this paper contain large amount of coral growth information, and can be used in further research on reef forming patterns under different conditions. The method used in this study can also be applied in animals with porous skeletons.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

09 Jun 2021Submitted to Ecology and Evolution
10 Jun 2021Assigned to Editor
10 Jun 2021Submission Checks Completed
16 Jun 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
28 Jul 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending