Growth rates of Atlantic Gorgonians

Tom Schmidt Tom_Schmidt at
Tue Aug 5 10:55:58 EDT 1997

     Since you requested any information on the Atlantic gorgonians, I came 
     across in my Tortugas bibliography a 1914 article by L.R. Cary 
     entitled "Observations upon the growth-rate and ecology of gorgonians" 
     published by the Carnegie Institution of Washington (Publication 
     Number 182), Papers Tortugas Laboratory 5:79-90 which provides a 3-yr 
     record of growth for Gorgonia flabellum and Plexaura flexuosa on the 
     reefs of Dry Tortugas Florida.

     Tom Schmidt
     Marine Biologist
     Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park
     40001 SR 9336
     Homestead, FL  33034  

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Subject: Growth rates of Atlantic Gorgonians
Author:  acohen at (Anne Cohen) at NP--INTERNET
Date:    8/5/97 7:13 AM


Since my request for info about growth rates of Atlantic gorgonians, a 
number of you have asked me to share what I find. There doesn't seem to 
be much out there, but the following two refs were most useful:

Yoshioka, P.M. and Yoshioka, B.B. 1991.  A comparison of the 
survivorship and growth of shallow-water gorgonian species of Puerto 
Rico. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 69:253-260
Sterrer, Wolfgang. 1986. Marine flora and fauna of Bermuda.  Wiley, 

Also, Don McAllister drew my attention to a "Bibliography of 
Octocorallia from Pliny to Present" on 

thanks for your help

Dr Anne L. Cohen
Dept. Geology and Geophysics
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 
Woods Hole
MA 02543
acohen at
tel: (508) 289 2958
fax: (508) 289 2183

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