Coral spawning in PR.
Ben.Haskell at noaa.gov
Fri Sep 3 17:10:31 EDT 1999
Spawning report from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary:
D. strigosa spawned last night (9/2) around 1130 pm. An ophiurid was
observed catching and eating coral gametes. Stay tuned for more
Ernesto Weil wrote:
> Dear colleagues, spawning of Montastraea spp. occurred right on time
> this year in Puerto Rico. Here are my observations:
> September 1st (6 days after the full moon):
> 7:55 - 8:40 p.m. M. franksi and M. cavernosa
> 10:30 - 11:10 p.m. M. annularis and M. faveolata
> M.annularis started to spawn before M.faveolata, then they overlapped
> for about ? hour, M.annularis stopped and M.faveolata continued to
> spawn afterward for a short period of time.
> September 2nd. (7 days after the fool moon) : bad weather so,
> observations were made in specimens collected on August 30th and keept
> in aquaria with running seawater.
> 8:45 - 9:20 p.m M. franksi
> 10:30 - 11:10 p.m. M.annularis
> 11:00 - 11:50 p.m. M.faveolata
> EW.Dr. Ernesto Weil
> Depart. of Marine Sciences, UPR
> PO BOX 908 Lajas PR 00667
> Ph. (787) 899-2048 x. 241
> FAX (787) 899-2630/899-5500.
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