Coloured Pigments and Coral Bleaching?

EricHugo at EricHugo at
Wed May 29 09:23:45 EDT 2002

Hi Rob and list:

I had written back to Rupert privately, but thought would add my agreement
what you and others have said, and provide a photo of the fluorescing
proteins in a coral following bleaching for an article on coral (Euphyllia
parancora) bleaching I wrote for an aquarium publication.

The retention of fluorescing proteins is quite common, although seem to
vanish over time, as you mention.  Likewise, I suspect metabolism for one of
the two reasons you mention, and also suspect the latter one.

Eric Hugo Borneman
Department of Biology and Biochemistry
Division in Ecology and Evolution
258, SR II
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204

EBorneman at or EricHugo at

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