[Coral-List] Proliferation of Acropora prolifera

Tim Brown - NOAA Affiliate tim.brown at noaa.gov
Wed Sep 4 15:12:13 EDT 2013

Hybrid Vigor?
Even if H.prolifera is not reproducing asexually, maybe the fertilized
gametes have a better chance at survival in the water column, during larval
development, and successful settlement under more varied conditions....and
possibly recruiting more colonies successfully under sub-prime/altered
conditions than the two species?
Any studies on the transmission of zooxanthellae that might be giving
H.prolifera an advantage during development?  Possibly it is just more
tolerant of a greater range of environmental conditions....

On Mon, Sep 2, 2013 at 2:24 AM, vassil zlatarski <vzlatarski at yahoo.com>wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> It is surprising that in this period of degradation of the coral reefs the
> Caribbean hybrid Acropora prolifera is proliferating during last four
> decades. This counter-intuitive trend is evident due to the facts that the
> hybrid was found lately in more places, in larger quantity of colonies and
> in various growth forms.I would greatly appreciate anyinformation and
> advise on this matter.
> Also, any data aboutfossilA. prolifera?
> Thanks in advance!
> Cheers,
> Vassil
> Vassil Zlatarski
> D.Sc. (Biology), Ph.D. (Geology)
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Timothy Brown
Mokupapapa Discovery Center,
Papahanoumokuakea Marine National Monument
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