fungiid buds

Hoeksema, B.W. Hoeksema at
Mon Sep 18 05:04:55 EDT 2000

Dear Ove and other coral-listers,

Secondary polyps on fungiids are usually asexually produced. In the 1920s,
Boschma experimented on the budding of fungiids (mainly Fungia fungites and
Heliofungia actiniformis). We have the specimens in our museum collection
for documentation. The photographs published by Boschma are also clear
evidence. They show buds on corals that looked very dead otherwise. I found
similar specimens in the field and all buds appeared conspecific with the
"dead" adult.

Best wishes,



Dr. Bert W. Hoeksema
Department of Invertebrates
Coordinator Marine Research
National Museum of Natural History Naturalis
P.O. Box 9517
2300 RA  Leiden
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31.71.5687631
Fax: +31.71.5687666
E-mail: Hoeksema at

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