Coral Reef question: size doesn't matter.

Michel Claereboudt michelc at
Mon Sep 30 00:08:07 EDT 2002

Dear all,

In Eastern Oman, a reef at Bar al-Hikman is some 15km long and consisted
almost exclusively of a single species of Montipora. No genetic work has
been done there, however, it is not impossible that, because of the tendency
of Montipora to fragment easily, a significant portion of that reef shares
the same genetic makeup, hence possibly a very large and very old colony!

Michel Claereboudt
Sultan Qaboos University
College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences (BOX 34)
Dpt. Marine Science and Fisheries
Al-Khod 123
Sultanate of Oman
Tel (968) 515 249
Fax (968) 513 418

Email; michelc at

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