Coral spawning - Solomon Islands
carlson at soest.hawaii.edu
Sun Dec 24 21:03:57 EST 1995
Solomon Islands: New Georgia group, Minjanga Is., December 11, 1995, ca.
1830 hrs ("twilight"). Various mussid corals (Acanthastrea, Lobophyllia,
and Symphyllia) were observed spawning. Aggregations of fishes feeding
on the eggs indicated the location of spawning colonies. Large
Plectorhinchus ("sweetlips") sucked up the spawn as quickly as it was
One large anemone, Stichodactyla mertensii, also spawned at the same
time. Video tape of the spawning was taken for the record.
On the following evening at the same time at Matiu Island, more
agariciid corals spawned. No acroporids or other groups of corals
spawned on either night despite observations which continued until about
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