Orange Montastrea cavernosa recruits?
I.Macdonald at mmu.ac.uk
Tue Jul 25 10:10:00 EDT 2000
During a recent field trip i noted the following along my transects.
M. cavernosa recruits (i use the plural as this was seen three
different times), of only one polyp was noted at approx. 15-20m depth
to appear to the unaided eye as fluorescent orange. Close by (ie
10cm away) 5 polyps were the typical olive green colour with this
"day glow" orange colour around its edges. Again a few cms away
larger colonies 20-25 polyps were only olive green. Is this typical
for recruits (i think not) or maybe as a result of some stress
(sediment) stimulus? I was startled to see such colour from this type
of coral and would like to konw of any other observations.
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