[Coral-List] Return of diadema helped reefs?
pmuller at marine.usf.edu
Thu Jun 11 11:12:46 EDT 2009
I made a couple of dives on May 24 in Puerto Rico off San Juan (a spot
called the Trolley's Last Stop, if I recall correctly), and the Diadema
were large, abundant, and the macroalgae seemed pretty well under
control. The depth range was mostly ~5-12 m. The coral cover looked
pretty good, though I only saw 2 Acropora colonies total (one each A.
palmata and A cervicornis, both small). I took some pictures of the
array of diseases that I noticed, if anyone is interested; they were
taken with a "point and shoot", so they are not professional quality.
Pamela Hallock Muller, Ph.D., Professor
College of Marine Science
University of South Florida
140 Seventh Ave. S.
St.Petersburg, FL 33701-5016
e-mail: pmuller at marine.usf.edu
Ed Blume wrote:
> Recently snorkeling in Akumal Bay, Mexico, I was diadema the size of
> basketball. Have their return improved coral health anywhere in the
> Caribbean. It hasn't in Akumal Bay, which is under assault in many ways.
> Ed Blume
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