[Coral-List] Xetospongia muta

K.Buchan at dorsetcc.gov.uk K.Buchan at dorsetcc.gov.uk
Wed Apr 30 05:54:23 EDT 2008


Following Hurricanes Luis and Marilyn which occurred in quick succession 
during the 1995 season we were assessing damage to the reefs within the 
Saba Marine Park in the Dutch Antilles. On the seamounts approximately 1 
km west of the island there was significant damage to X. muta at depths in 
excess of 150 ft with a number being ?cut down? to their base. Looking 
down on the reef from mid water there was a patchwork of white circular 
areas where sponges had been removed. 



Dr Ken Buchan
Coastal Policy Manager
Environmental Services Directorate
Dorset County Council
County Hall
Dorset DT1 1XJ

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[Coral-List] Xetospongia muta

Dear listers:

During a recent dive?(75-80 ft deep) in the north coast of Puerto Rico I 
found out?numerous Xetospongia muta totally or partially broken.??Some 
sponges broke flush to the substrate, others broke in different angle when 
compared to the next standing; there was not a clear break pattern.??On 
March 20-22, Puerto Rico and the USVI coasts received the impact of a 
powerful cold front?which produced 30-plus feet breaking waves causing 
significant coastal erosion.? Could it be possble that soft or weak areas 
of large high profile?X. muta did not resisted?such continuous?high energy 

I will appreciate any comments or references.

best regards,

Glauco A Rivera
PhD candidate
Univ. of PR-Dept. of Marine Sciences
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