[Coral-List] RE: Coral-List Digest, Vol 15, Issue 27

Austin Bowden-Kerby austin.bowden-kerby at fspi.org.fj
Wed Sep 29 22:14:36 EDT 2004

Hi Dean,

Thanks for your posting on Coral List.  I sure hope these coral-eating worms
don't make it into aquariums, especially in Florida or Hawaii or the like,
and thereby get the chance of gaining a foothold in other regions.  Earlier
this month, I had nightmarish visions of people in Florida frantically
dumping their aquariums into the ocean, as their systems begin dying after
the hurricanes and associated power outages.  So I hope that if the corals
are exported, that they are clean, and I also hope that the consumers are
well educated (maybe a licence or permit should be required?).  I hear that
the larvae of flatworms can be very resistant, and the water corals are
shipped in should therefore be destroyed, not added to the holding systems
in the US.  Hopefully MAC standards will be dealing with these sorts of
issues and with the possibility of introductions of things like these
flatworms and (God forbid) crown of thorns starfish to the Caribbean.  It
might be good to share these potential dangers with the exporter so that
they can understand the importance of exporting clean and healthy stock.

Take care,


Austin Bowden-Kerby, PhD
Program Scientist, Coral Gardens Initiative
Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
Counterpart International
Suva, Fiji Islands
Tel: (679) 331-2250
Fax: (679) 331-2298
austin.bowdenkerby at fspi.org.fj

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Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 11:24:17 -0500
From: "Robert W. Buddemeier" <buddrw at kgs.ku.edu>
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Brooding Coral Taxonomy
To: Ian Lundgren <ianlundgren at gmail.com>
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I'm replying to the list, since I think the answer may be of interest to
others as well as Ian.

One of the 'resources available today' is the website "Hexacorallians of
the World" (http://hercules.kgs.ku.edu/hexacoral/anemone2/index.cfm).
If you do a taxonomic search there you will find both A. corymbosa and
G. aspera.

The absence of the other two names is not conclusive, since
"Hexacorallians" is essentially 100 % complete only for the Actiniaria;
we are still expanding and refining the scleractinian coverage.  Also,
it should be noted that "literature cited" listings are limited to the
taxonomic literature in which species are described or redescribed; it
does not cover the myriad publications on ecology, physiology, etc. etc.

Still, a little new information is probably better than none.

Bob Buddemeier

Ian Lundgren wrote:

>I'm trying to build a list of brooding corals species on Guam in order
>to isolate the identity of coral recruits from settlement plates
>during non-spawning months. Also to maximize effort in settling out
>species in aquaria in order to build a reference library of coral
>recruit morphology... or at least as much as possible (as per Babcock,
>et al 2003).
>However, the suggested best reference for this information seems to be:
>1997. Life and death of coral reefs / Charles Birkeland, editor.
>Chapter 8, by Robert Richmond: Reproduction and Recruitment in Corals.
>In Table 8.1 0f this publication Richmond states that the folowing
>species are brooding corals on Guam:
>Acropora corymbosa
>Acropora palauensis
>Galaxea aspera
>Goniopora queenslandia
>I suspect that taxonomic reorganization has renderred these species
>names outdated, therefore no record of them exists on the resources
>available today. Neither can I find a record of taxonomic
>Does anyone know what happened to these corals?
>ianlundgren at gmail.com
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Dr. Robert W. Buddemeier
Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas
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Lawrence, KS 66047 USA
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Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 18:48:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: Dean Jacobson <atolldino at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Coral-List] Acropora flatworm pest
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A buddy on Majuro who propagates captive coral from
fragments is suffering from flatworm-induced mortality
(the animal is transparent, brownish, grows up to 5 mm
x 2 mm in size).

Are there any treatments other than iodine that will
kill or detach flatworms from living coral, without
harming the coral?


Dean Jacobson
College of the Marshall Islands

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