[Coral-List] Coralimorph problem in Palmyra

Delbeek, Charles CDelbeek at calacademy.org
Wed Apr 7 15:36:47 EDT 2010

Corallimorphs in aquaria tend to do well in water with elevated organics and phosphate in the water. It could be that these disturbances to the reef may have liberated or exposed reef structure that has resulted in the liberation of bound phosphate or increased its exposure to bacterial action. Another possibility may be that interstitial waters (usually high on P and N) in the reef rockwork were released and now are freely flowing into the nearby waters? Sort of like uncorking a bottle.

Just some random speculations! :-)

J. Charles Delbeek, M.Sc.
Senior Aquatic Biologist, Steinhart Aquarium
California Academy of Sciences
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San Francisco CA 94118

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-----Original Message-----
From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Albert Norstrom
Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 6:16 AM
To: Forest Rohwer
Cc: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Coralimorph problem in Palmyra

Hi Forest and all others,

We're currently undergoing experiments on Zanzibar to discern the 
potential drivers (N,P,Fe exposure or loss of top-down control) of 
corallimorph expansions. One interesting, and unexpected, observation by 
my master student (who's on site) is that corallimorphs in experimental 
plots on the reef were predated by a species of seastar. Communication 
with her is sporadic and so I haven't received photos or any detailed 
identification of the critters responsible, but I could do so as soon as 
I receive more info.

Corallimorpharian dominated reefs were one of the persistent alternative 
states we identified in a MEPS review from last year 

Best regards,

Forest Rohwer wrote:
> 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:
> http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0002989
> Ideas about how to kill the coralimorph would be greatly appreciated.
> Forest Rohwer
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Albert Norström, PhD
Stockholm Resilience Centre & Albaeco
Stockholm University

Kräftriket 2A
104 05 Stockholm

Tel: +46 (0)79 54 63 74
Email: albert at ecology.su.se
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