[Coral-List] Mild bleaching in NE Yucatan reefs

Rosa Rodríguez rosaer at mar.icmyl.unam.mx
Tue Sep 30 16:05:51 EDT 2003

Dear Dr. Liu and coral-listers,

Mild bleaching has been observed in several shallow (<4m) reefs sites 
between Puerto Morelos and Cancun (NE Yucatán, México).  Our first 
observation for this year was made on september 11th.  Sporadic colonies of 
several species have been observed with  white (Millepora alcicornis, 
Briareum asbestinum) and pale colorations (Montastraea annularis, M. 
faveolata, A. palmata, A. tennuifolia, D. strigosa,  S. siderea, Porites 
furcata, Eunicea sp, Palythoa caribbea.).  Our observations are in 
accordance with one of the operational coral bleaching hotspots.

I hope this information is helpful.


MC Rosa Elisa Rodríguez Martínez
Lab. Sistemas Arrecifales
Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología

Ap. Postal 1152
77500 Cancún, Q. Roo

Tel (998) 87 102 19 y 87 100 09 ext 46
Fax (998) 87 101 38
email rosaer at mar.icmyl.unam.mx

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