smurf coral

dd76 Deborah_G_DANAHER at
Tue Jun 9 10:57:00 EDT 1998

Folks who regularly dive the Caribbean have probably seen Siderastrea spp.
that, when bleached, have a blue (Smurf blue, if you will) tone as opposed
to whitish appearance like many other corals that have lost their symbionts
for whatever reason.

In fact, it seems reasonable to suggest that coral species which have been
less frequently seen to bleach are probably species which carry a high
animal pigment load.  As a result, they would be less likely to be labled
'bleached' until zoox loss was very significant.

Deborah Danaher
Univ of Maryland
dd76 at

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