[Coral-List] fragmentation

Michaлl RARD Michael.Rard at univ-reunion.fr
Wed Aug 6 07:26:53 EDT 2003

Hi Yuri,

> Who had experience of artificial resettlement of corals by fragmentation?

I do my PhD on coral physiology, metabolism, growth and bioerosion too. For
this, I use coral nubbins, with fragmentation. Fragments have been pasted on
perplex plates. I have studied 2 species : the branched coral Acropora
muricata and the semi massive coral Montipora circumvallata. So, I think I
can give you some ideas and answers.

> What minimal size of a colony is necessary for this purpose?

You can use the size you want, just a minimal size about some 1 cm high
cores for massive corals, or since 2-3 cm high for branched coral.

> What species have the maximal growth rate?

I thing it's the branched coral Acropora sp., specially Acropora formosa
(new name A. muricata).

I'm hoping these informations could help you.
                          Michael RARD
Laboratoire d'Ecologie Marine, Universite de La Reunion
   97715 Saint Denis messag CEDEX 9, France
Tel : (262) 262-93-81-57, Fax : (262) 262-93-86-85

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