[Coral-List] Acropora hybrid

Keven Reed reedkc at comcast.net
Mon Dec 26 11:17:10 EST 2005

    There could be a few explanations for the growth morphology you observed, but just wanted to make sure you were aware of the paper in Science by Vollmer & Palumbi 14 June 2002 that proved via DNA analysis Caribbean Acropora prolifera is an F1 hybrid (first generation cross-breed) between A. cervicornis & A. palmata.
Happy New Year 2006,
Keven Reed
Orange Park, FL

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: megan berkle 
  To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov 
  Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2005 7:21 PM
  Subject: [Coral-List] Acropora hybrid

     Hey Everyone:

     I  was snorkelling  in  Tayrona  National Park off of Playa Cristal in
     Colombia.    The  majority  of  corals  nearshore  have 100% morality.
     Offshore  about  100  meters  the  corals had white band disease and I
     believe  purple blotch disease (one I have seen before in Florida).  I
     saw  some  Acropora palmata with Acropora cervicornis branches growing
     out  of  it.   It did not look like A. cervicornis recruits settled on
     top of A. palmata and began to grow.  It looked like maybe genetically
     these two species mixed and formed a sort of hybrid species.   Is this

     Megan Berkle

     Marine Science teacher,  Florida
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