[Coral-List] responses on "Coral Tumors?????"

Greta Smith Aeby greta at hawaii.edu
Wed Nov 1 15:51:26 EST 2006


  Hi!  We have seen similar growth anomalies on corals from American Samoa.  We have found that Acropora growth anomalies 
occur in different forms with some types of GAs increasing in #s on individual colonies with others staying stable through time.  
So don't worry about a lot of spread as yet.  We (Thierry Work, Steve Coles and myself) are currently finishing up a manuscript 
that describes the different types of acroporid GAs including their histological description and some ecology of the disease.  
We'd be happy to send you a copy of the ms when its completed.  I'm glad to hear that you will be following this disease 
through time and will be very interested to hear what you find.

take care,

Greta Aeby

----- Original Message -----
From: shashank Keshavmurthy <iamshanky15 at yahoo.com>
Date: Monday, October 30, 2006 2:23 pm
Subject: [Coral-List] responses on "Coral Tumors?????"
To: Esther Peters <esther.peters at verizon.net>, "Gary K. Ostrander" <gko at hawaii.edu>
Cc: RTLA <administrator at pathology-registry.org>, coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov

> Dear Esther 
> and everyone else who looked at those few
> photos....
> I agree with most of the listers on the
> terminology...it needs to be put at least for a
> while as Growth Anamoly.....till it is made sure
> what really is happening out there....
> the reason i posted those photos was that, it has
> been seen for the 1st time in this part of JApan,
> at least to my knowledge.....though many growth
> anamolies and tumors have been reported from
> Okinawan reefs....
> I still dont know extent of its spread....is it a
> temporary? also is hard to say...
> I will be going again to the field after a while
> and try to get a picture of the extent of its
> spread across these coral communities....
> But I am sure it is growth anamolies...If one
> looks closely at the photos...one can see (i
> think) mesentrial filaments hanging out of those
> white structures....
> I need to get some samples to get Histopathology
> done....then may be i can for real know what it
> is...
> At present I am hoping that it is only present in
> very few of these corals and is not
> spreading....i dont want to see corals here being
> affected like this!!!!!!
> it really surprised me..since only problem corals
> faced here was Acanthaster and Drupella, and now
> if they are being affected by these
> anamolies...then that would be a real problem....
> Thanks for the great responses
> Regards
> Shashank
> "the role of infinitely small in nature is infinitely large"-Louis 
> Pasteur                
> Keshavmurthy Shashank
> phD candidate
> Kochi University, Graduate School of Kuroshio Science
> Laboratory of Environmental Conservation
> Otsu 200, Monobe, Nankoku-shi
> 783-8502, Kochi, Japan
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