[Coral-List] Palythoa discussion (dustin kemp)

Gene Shinn eshinn at marine.usf.edu
Tue Mar 18 12:04:42 EDT 2008

Dustin, That is an interesting observation and so true. I do not know 
the temperature tolerance of Palythoa but there are extremes near 
shore. Temperature fluctuations both high and low affected, and 
ultimately killed, the Acropora cervicornis I placed near shore years 
ago. I suspect Palythoa has a similar tolerance. It could also be 
related to groundwater seepage. Groundwater flow in the Keys is 
toward the Atlantic and  there is considerable tidal pumping in near 
shore areas. Look on any satellite image and notice the yellow/green 
to greenish/brown water near shore. Worth looking into. Gene

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