Temperature

There is a very weak understanding of the temperature limits on cold-water corals and how changes in temperature affect the corals. L.pertusa is thought to have a temperature range of 4-12°C (Roberts et al. 2003; Freiwald et al. 2004). Studies carried out by Bett (2001) in the northeast Atlantic proved that L.pertusa can withstand temperatures below 4°C; he found that they could tolerate temperatures below 0°C; however, this was only for short periods of time. It could be possible that if the coral was exposed to these temperatures for too long then it could damage and maybe kill the individual/colony.

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