[Coral-List] spawning curacao

Mark Vermeij Mark.Vermeij at noaa.gov
Wed Oct 5 15:51:58 EDT 2005

Ola- On teh night of the 24th of september, a massive coral spawning 
was observed on Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, with a slightly less 
fireworks teh next day and nothing at all on the 26th.
M. faveolata: started at 20h30; 80% of population spawned around 22h00
M. cavernosa (m+f): 20h30-22h30 
S. siderea : 22h00
Brittle starts and gorgonians spawned as well
M. annularis: 20h45-22h15
Brittle starts and gorgonians spawned as well

Note the temporal separation between the two Montastraea species, 
which I have never observed on Curacao before. M. franksi spawnes 
earlier normally (+/- one hour) but was not present at he site where 
this monitoring round was carried out (i.e. Snakebay). 
Furthermore in contrast to many other places in teh region, I am happy 
to tell you that there has been no bleaching observed at all on 
Curacaoan reefs.

Best regards


Dr. M. Vermeij

Hoogsteen 13
4851WN Ulvenhout
The Netherlands

mark.vermeij at seaegg.org

tel +31 (0)76 5614378

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