[Coral-List] Spawning Key Largo 2003
Carl.Beaver at fwc.state.fl.us
Mon Aug 25 12:01:12 EDT 2003
The following is a report of observations made by the Florida Marine Research Institutes Coral Reef Evaluation and Monitoring team on the evening of 18 August 2003.
SPAWNING REPORT: Molassas Reef, Key Largo, FL
Species: Diploria strigosa (1 colony), Montastraea cavernosa (male, 2 colonies)
Depth: 2 - 5 m
Bundle formation: unknown
Time spawning began:
M. cavernosa 2210 and 2225 hrs
D. strigosa 2215 hrs
Estimated percentage of population spawning: 10%
Tide: (see Data for Molasses Reef)
Sea state: seas were 0 ft, wind approx <5 mph
State of local reefs: Molasses Reef has numerous large, healthy looking M. annularis
and M. faveolata and M. cavernosa. Disease appeared to be minimal.
One species of sponge was observed spawning during the same period.
Carl Beaver Ph.D.
Associate Research Scientist
Florida Marine Research Institute
100 8th Ave. SE. St Petersburg, FL 33701-5020
Ph. 727-896-8626 ext 1110 / SC 523-1110
e-mail Carl.beaver at fwc.state.fl.us
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