[Coral-List] "coral eggs"... are probably Palolo worms

Douglas Fenner dfenner at blueskynet.as
Tue Apr 20 21:42:55 EDT 2004

    Your friend is referring to "Palolo" which are annelid worms, Palola
(Eunice) viridis.  They have a mass spawning every year.  The worms come out
at night and are full of eggs and sperm.  The worms are collected and eaten.
If you don't catch them during the night, then about dawn they break apart
releasing eggs and sperm.    No corals are involved to my knowledge.  They
are famous in Samoa, also found in other Pacific island areas.  For more
info, see the Smithsonian web page,

-Douglas Fenner
Dept. Marine & Wildife Resources
Pago Pago, American Samoa

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