[Coral-List] COTs are not in Dubai, UAE

John Burt John.Burt at zu.ac.ae
Thu Jan 22 09:18:22 EST 2009

Iain, Yusef, Kaveh,
I have been diving approx. bi-weekly in Dubai since 2005 and have not observed a single COT on reefs in the area, nor on coral encrusted breakwaters. I would imagine that the sizzling summer temperatures or the salinity are keeping them out from establishing in the area. They can undoubtedly get here via ballast water or dispersal. 
John Burt


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Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 04:42:35 -0800 (PST)
From: Kaveh Samimi <kaveh_s_n at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] COT current status
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Dear Iain,

As far as I know this is the only?observation of COT?at Iranian side of the Gulf. 

Price ARG, Rezai H (1996) New echinoderm records for the Gulf including crown of thorns starfish, Acanthaster planci (Linnaeus) and their biogeographical significance. Fauna of Saudi Arabia (15): 386-390


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