[Coral-List] Age of clones?
delbeek at waquarium.org
Wed Jan 18 21:49:12 EST 2006
We are getting ready to send out coral fragments and excess Entacmaea
quadricolor anemones and I have a question. When one talks about the age of
animals, how do you treat clones? For example, all the anemones we have
originated via fission from a handful of animals collected from Palau in
1980. So, are these anemones 26 years old ... or do you take their age from
when they split? The same question applies to corals, we have specimens
that we have been fragmenting for years, some of which were collected in
1978 ... so are the fragments that old? Obviously for corals, new polyps
are being produced and old ones die off, so these would not be almost 30
years old ... but genetically they are the same as the original polyps ..
or are they? With anemones, it would be different I think since the
original tissue is still there.
Dazed and confused in Hawaii....
J. Charles Delbeek M.Sc.
Aquarium Biologist III
2777 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI, USA 96815
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