Brief Communications

Nature 415, 601-602 (7 February 2002) | doi:10.1038/415601a

Ecology (Communication arising): Is coral bleaching really adaptive?

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg1, Ross J. Jones1, Selina Ward1 & William K. Loh1

From an experiment in which corals are transplanted between two depths on a Panamanian coral reef, Baker1 infers that bleaching may sometimes help reef corals to survive environmental change. Although Baker's results hint at further mechanisms by which reef-building corals may acclimatize to changing light conditions, we do not consider that the evidence supports his inference1.

  1. Centre for Marine Studies, University of Queensland, Queensland 4072, Australia

Correspondence to: Ove Hoegh-Guldberg1 e-mail: Email: