Coral Bleanching in Mexican Caribean

Humberto jalvarez at
Thu Oct 15 12:25:46 EDT 1998

>Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 10:11:21 -0500
>coral-list at
>From: Humberto <jalvarez at>
>Subject: Coral Bleanching in Mexican Caribean
>         Two weeks ago as part of my doctoral dissertation I did some
sampling in the coral reef of Mahahual ,in the Mexican Caribbean close to
the city of Chetumal.The water temperature in this place wincreased from 82
to88 F (27.7 to31.1 C). While diving nears the crest of reef I noticed clear
pale corals. genus Mantastrea  , Porites and Agarica which looks as
bleaching. I have sampoles of those corals as well as color slides.Looks
like the first report of bleaching in Mexico.
>                        Jose Humberto Alvarez Hernandez
>                        Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados del I.P.N.
>                        unidad Merida. Merida Yucatan, Mexico.
>                        Carretera Antigua a Progreso Km. 6 C.P. 97310. 

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