[Coral-List] Tubastraea micranthus in Gulf of Mexico

Billy Causey - NOAA Federal billy.causey at noaa.gov
Thu Feb 7 13:31:10 EST 2013

Ken ...
I responded to quickly.  I am referring to Tubastraea coccinea, not Tubastraea
micranthus.  Alina Szmant pointed out my oversight!  Thank you Alina!
 Still wait to hear from Emma and GP.  Billy

On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM, Ken Marks <data at agrra.org> wrote:

> Paul Sammarco reported on /Tubastraea micranthus/ being discovered on
> oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in his paper which he announced on this
> list back in August of 2010.
>         Sammarco, P.W., S.A. Porter, and S.D. Cairns. 2010. A new coral
>         species introduced into the Atlantic Ocean - /Tubastraea
>         micranthus/(Ehrenberg 1834) (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Scleractinia):
>         An invasive threat? Aquatic Invasions 5 (2): 131-140.
> http://www.aquaticinvasions.net/2010/AI_2010_5_2_Sammarco_etal.pdf
> My question to the readers of this list is about the current status of
> this exotic species in the tropical western Atlantic. Has it been
> reported on additional oil rig platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico?
> Have any sightings of this species been documented beyond the initially
> discovered invasion site? Does anybody have photos of this species /in
> situ/ outside of its naturally occurring range?
> Thanks in advance for any replies.
> --
> Ken Marks
> AGRRA Data Manager
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