[Coral-List] Colors returning
Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov
Thu Nov 3 14:50:32 EST 2005
> Dear Mr. Hendee:
> I am hoping you will post this to list serve.
> I need to stress that the analysis is pending from Coral Reef Research
> Group at UPR from Dr. Edwin Hernandez Delgado.
> This is anecdotal from Culebra, Puerto Rico. We began to some species
> almost two weeks ago. Some species recover patchy and others sort of
> follow a bottom up pattern, although this deserves more time for
> analysis. Milleporas, the first to be hit by this event and hit hard
> seemed to be recovering first with a lot of morts.
> Without the analysis, it is dangerous to say, but there appears to be
> some link to species specific mortality. With the observations
> of recovery, however, comes observations of those organisms that did
> not make it.
> Entire species took hard hit this year including /Agaricia sp/. and /A
> cervicornis. /I would be interested to hear from other Caribbean
> regions if they are seeing similar astounding mortality with these two
> species as well. Two divers who work with Dr. Weil on the west coast
> of Puerto Rico stated yesterday that they have been seeing same off
> west coast of Puerto Rico. Large colonies of /Colpophylia natans/
> have also been impacted and are now suffering infections. Sort of a
> swollen polyp formation observed on Montastreas, possibly a sort of
> "damsel chimney" response to rapidly proliferating algaes? Dr.
> Hernandez working on analysis.
> Dictyota is also flourishing in certain areas, and overgrowing living
> /Plexaura sp./ seems to be recovering well with few morts...difficult
> to state without the analysis.
> Some recovery in scolemias, mussas and siderastraes as well.
> A patchy blotch recovery is seen in /Montastreas/ sp. with some
> infections, and some mortality. This is our predominant reef building
> */Jim Hendee <Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov>/* wrote:
> I received a report from our ICON (CREWS) station Field Supervisor
> Ward in St. Croix today that some of the colors have been starting to
> return to the previously bleached corals there over the last 10
> days to
> two weeks. These sorts of observations are important to understanding
> and characterizing the phenomenon. When (if?) others start to see the
> color returning to corals that bleached previously this summer/fall, a
> report of your observations would be helpful.
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