Response to Comment on Trophic strategy and bleaching resistance in reef-building corals

Inga E. CONTI-JERPE*, Philip D. THOMPSON, Cheong Wai Martin WONG, Nara L. OLIVEIRA, Nicolas N. DUPREY, Molly A. MOYNIHAN, David M. BAKER*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recently, we published a novel method used to assess the trophic niches of different coral species and demonstrated that their nutrition varied considerably, with some species highly dependent on their photosynthetic algal symbionts and others able to feed on plankton to meet energetic requirements. Adjustments to the use of this tool are necessary when it is applied to other scientific questions and symbiotic organisms. We respond to a comment highlighting a risk of bias in the methods, discuss suggested adjustments, and propose further refinements to improve method robustness.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbereabi8666
Number of pages2
JournalScience advances
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

We thank S. McIlroy and J. Cybulski for providing friendly reviews of the response manuscript.

This work was supported by Research Grants Council Hong Kong Early Career 602 Scheme #789913 and Research Grants Council Hong Kong General Research Fund 603 #17100014.


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