[Coral-List] Acropora palmata (Elkhorn Coral) Recovery After Hurricanes-coralivorus snails

Todd Barber reefball at reefball.com
Tue Jun 19 15:11:50 EDT 2007

Hi All,

We conducted a coral propagation and planting training program for the 
National Marine Park(s) of Cozumel (and Cancun) last week in Cozumel.  As 
part of the project, we surveyed the Dzu Ha beach area and only found one 
acropora palmata colony in an area with many dead stands of acropora palmata 
skeletons.  It was under heavy attack by coralivorus snails and looked in 
rough shape.  In was not in a condition to provide stock for coral 
propagation and planting.  Therefore we searched the whole south coast of 
Cozumel along with knowledgable park staff and only found 9 additional 
colonies.  We propagated and planted 32 fragments of the colony that 
exhibited the least number of coralvorus snails.

We spread these colonies widely in the immeadiate area of the original 
colony under attack.  Our hope is to recover many colonies but at a minimum 
to spread out the coralvorus attack taking pressure off the remaining adult 

My question is if anyone has done studies on coralivorus snails and Acropora 
palmata who might have some advise for us in this situation.  We would like 
to attempt a complete genetic rescue of all 9 original colonies but we don't 
want to risk propagation stress without fully understanding the implications 
of higher than normal coralivorus snail concentrations as a result of the 


Todd R. Barber
Chairman, Reef Ball Foundation
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