[Coral-List] Tubastraea micranthus in Gulf of Mexico
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Thu Feb 7 13:43:59 EST 2013
On 2/7/2013 1:31 PM, Billy Causey - NOAA Federal wrote:
> 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
Yup. Several others have assumed that I was referring to the
long-standing /T. coccinea/ invader and not the (apparent) recent
invasion by its kin /T. micrantha/. I am working with Paul Humann on a
new edition of his Caribbean region Coral ID book and we are considering
adding this new arborescent /Tubastraea /following the write-up we have
already in the text for /coccinea/. This new species may still be
limited to oil rig structures in the northern Gulf of Mexico where it
was first discovered by Sammarco in 2010 or it may have spread or been
additionally introduced since then. To that end we are seeking any
sightings of the dark green branching /Tubastreaea /(not the well-known
orange mounding species) from the tropical western Atlantic.
Additionally, any well-lit publication-quality images of this species
(from the TWA - not its native waters) would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
AGRRA Data Manager
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