[Coral-List] intensive coral colors at onset of bleaching?

Sebastian Ferse sferse at aol.com
Wed Sep 1 05:18:52 EDT 2010

Dear listers,


An acquaintance has passed on a report from a dive resort owner in Malaysia,
who observed that prior to each bleaching event all corals underwent a
spectacular color change, displaying bright neon colors. I am assuming that
this is due to the higher amount of color pigments in the tissue relative to
zooxanthellae, and possibly due to a stress response triggering higher
pigment production. Does anyone have further insights or own observations on






Dr. Sebastian Ferse

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