[Coral-List] Questions - Measuring Acropora

Valeria Pizarro valepizarro at yahoo.com
Wed May 27 20:22:52 EDT 2009

Dear coral-listers,My colleagues and I are starting a project on Acropora palmata and A. cervicornis in the Caribbean coast of Colombia. We are sampling the area of the Tayrona National Marine Park. We are mapping the location of the Acropora spp patches, measuring these areas and finding the abundance within each area. With the latest we had had problems because it has been hard to tell apart one colony from another, especially when the colonies are big or patches dense. The other problem is to set the transects without damaging any of the colonies.I anyone can help us with an easy method to measure Acroporids abundance we will be more than grateful.The good news are that apparently at least for this area we are sampling Acropora palmata seems to be recovering. One can see juvenile colonies growing over dead Acropora colonies.thanks,Valeria
________________________________________Valeria PizarroAssociate LecturerMarine Biology ProgramUniversidad Jorge Tadeo LozanoSanta Marta, Colombia

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