[Coral-List] Coralimorph problem in Palmyra

Forest Rohwer frohwer at gmail.com
Tue Apr 6 19:43:43 EDT 2010

The reef around a wreck of the longliner on Palmyra is doing really poorly.
A coralimorph (Rhodactis) has completely taken over the area.  The colonies
cover over 80% of the benthos, independently of what was underneath.  The
concerning part is that it is spreading rapidly across the shallow western
terrace of the island.  The spread is really quick and it is starting to
invade some of the most beautiful and intact reefs left on the island.

Jim Maragos has an article on this:

Ideas about how to kill the coralimorph would be greatly appreciated.

Forest Rohwer

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