Pink Porites

Donald Potts potts at
Fri Apr 5 19:43:58 EST 1996

I've seen similar pink bands from time to time in massive Porites from 
Australia and Papua New Guinea. Again, only in some corals. While I have 
assumed they represent endolithic algae or micro-organisms, I've never 
looked closely at the cause. Not all Porites in one area have these pink 
bands ; and I suspect they may reflect host-specificity of the 
microorganisms among Porites species, as well as habitat-specificity 

Don Potts 
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