[Coral-List] Acropora mimic

Thomas Goreau goreau at bestweb.net
Fri Sep 14 19:40:51 EDT 2007

This is Acropora mimic is very abundant in some parts of the  
Philippines, but something is actively eating it.  I'm curious also  
to find out what it is. It does not look like a Gracilaria.

Thomas J. Goreau, PhD
Global Coral Reef Alliance
37 Pleasant Street, Cambridge MA 02139
goreau at bestweb.net

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> Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 08:02:44 +0100
> From: "McMellor, Steven" <smcmel at essex.ac.uk>
> Subject: [Coral-List] Acropora mimic algae
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> Hi all,
> Is anyone aware of an algae that mimics Acopora colonies, possibly  
> an Agar species in the Indo-Pacific. The algae shows branching,  
> individual raised corallites and a pale enlarged axial polyp. If  
> anyone has any knowledge of such a species or could point me in the  
> direction of some literature it would be much appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Steve McMellor
> Coral Reef Research Unit
> Department of Biological Sciences
> University of Essex
> Wivenhoe Park
> Colchester
> Essex
> CO4 3SQ
> England
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