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Habitat modeling of the anthozoan Palythoa caribaeorum along the Western Atlantic Ocean: present and future aspects

Grant number: 16/05296-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2016
Effective date (End): December 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Oceanography - Biological Oceanography
Principal researcher:Tito Monteiro da Cruz Lotufo
Grantee:Leonardo Maia Durante
Home Institution: Instituto Oceanográfico (IO). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Palyhtoa caribaeorum is an anthozoan frequently found in shallow rocky marine environments of the Western Atlantic Ocean, from the Tropical to Subtropical zones of the Americas. This species presents a high physiological tolerance, fast growth rates, and relatively few predators, making it an efficient competitor in the reef systems. To assess the current and future distribution of this species is essential to designate areas prone to community changes due to the presence or absence of P. caribaeorum. Using the Maxent maximum entropy model, fed by oceanographic and bathymetric data, this project aims at characterizing the Western Atlantic Coast in terms of habitat suitability for P. caribaeorum, detecting environmental variables that better explain its occurrence and providing prospects about its distribution considering global climate changes projected for 2050 and 2100. New maps will be generated for current and future scenarios, pointing at regions of probable local colonization or extinction, leading to changes in the reef communities of the Atlantic.

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