[Coral-List] White Tubipora
michelc at squ.edu.om
Sat Jan 13 00:42:26 EST 2007
While surveying coral communities in southern Oman (northern Arabian
Sea), I found several specimen of what appears to be a white Tubipora.
The general appearance of the colony is similar to that of Tubipora
musica with similar polyps and skeleton but :
1- the skeleton is white with no hint of the typical dark red color
of T. musica
2- the skeleton is more fragile ( as far as I remember when
collecting T. musica in PNG).
The polyps definitively likely zooxanthellae (brown coloration when
preserved in alcohol).
Has anyone any info on this animal ?
Sultan Qaboos University
Dept. Marine Science and Fisheries
College Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Box 34
Sultanate of Oman
Tel: (968) 2414 1249 / (968) 2414 1246
Fax: (968) 244 13418
michelc at squ.edu.om / mclaereboudt at mac.com
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