[Coral-List] measuring growth of branching corals

John Claydon jclaydon at fieldstudies.org
Tue Mar 6 12:25:08 EST 2007

I was wondering if there was a technique that could be used to get accurate
growth estimates of branching corals that doesn’t involve removing branches.
Ideally, I’d like to use photography in combination with something
equivalent to tetracycline used in fishes, that would lay down a band in the
skeleton that would be visible either to the naked eye or would fluoresce
under UV, so that growth beyond this band can be measured without lopping
off a branch. I am very new to this, so please forgive me if such techniques
are widespread.

Thank you.





John Claydon, PhD

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