Ecology of Australian temperate reefs : the unique South by Scoresby Shepherd; Graham Edgar; Commonwealth Scientific and

By Scoresby Shepherd; Graham Edgar; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia)

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2007). 1 – Geological history and climate change in southern Australia El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) events El Niño (warm water) events originate in the equatorial Pacific, and with its sister event, La Niña (cool water), form a low-frequency, irregular, climatic oscillation between the two states with a 2–7 year frequency. It is the strongest natural climatic fluctuation globally, and influences the world’s climate patterns. During an El Niño event, west Pacific trade winds relax, equatorial upwellings in the eastern Pacific cease, and tropical warm waters expand in northern Australia and spread far to the east Pacific.

Green and blue colours are due to coral pigments. The coral tentacles contain brown pigmented symbiotic algae, sometimes giving a brownish colour, but which is not always apparent in a photo (photo Adrienne Grant). Plate 50. The ctenophore, Coeloplana scaberiae, on its brown algal host, Scaberia agardhii (photo George Matsumoto). xxix xxx Ecology of Australian Temperate Reefs: The Unique South Plate 51. The cleaner shrimp, Periclimenes aesopius (photo Dave Muirhead). Plate 52. The pea crab, Pinnotheres hickmani, symbiotic with the blue mussel, Mytilus galloprovincialis (photo Graham Edgar).

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