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John McManus J.MCMANUS at
Mon Aug 21 18:43:00 EDT 1995

TO        :    Coral-List 
FROM      :    John W. McManus/ICLARM 
DATE      :    August 21, 1995 

The reports of spawning dates of corals could get very exciting.  We believe  
that the synchronicity of spawning varies from highly synchronous in the GBR  
to less synchronous in parts of the Philippines and elsewhere.  It is likely  
that the degree of synchronicity is dependent on the predictability and  
nature of oceanographic features (see Sinclair's book "Marine Populations").  
 If enough people watch for and report spawning of corals in different areas  
we will be able to home in on causation.  This will ultimately be very  
useful for marine reserve design and other attempts to keep reefs healthy.  
 Congratulations to alina Szmant and colleagues for starting a good thing.  
 We hope others will follow-up. 

John W. McManus 
ReefBase Project Leader 
Coastal and Coral Reef Resource Systems Program 
International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM) 
Fax No. (63-2) 816-31-83 
Tel. No. (63-2) 818-04-66 
E-Mail:  J.McManus at 

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