[Coral-List] Proliferation of Acropora prolifera

Ellen McRae siwaban at gmail.com
Sat Sep 7 16:54:41 EDT 2013

Hello, all
A single bank of Apro north of Caye Caulker Belize, in 2007 has apparently
proliferated to 3 banks by 2013, and is going strong.  It occurs in
companionship principally with Apal but there are a few colonies of Acer
still alive though containing some WBD. In our area we do have some good
areas of A pal remaining in good condition, disease free although
susceptible to predation from fish and Coralliovora abbreviata, with much
evidence of resheeting.

Ellen McRae
Project Manager
Forest & Marine Reserves Association of Caye Caulker

On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 9:41 AM, Eugene Shinn <eugeneshinn at mail.usf.edu>wrote:

> Dennis, I have been watching and photographing a good size patch (about
> 100 ft across) of A. /prolifera/ at Dry Tortugas for the past 15 years.
> It is located at the edge of what is locally called 9-ft channel about a
> km from the fort. In recent years it has mostly died. However, at the
> same time there are indications that over all /Acropora/ sp is returning
> to Tortugas bank. (*Lidz, B.H.,* and Zawada, D.G., 2013, Possible return
> of /Acropora/ /cervicornis/ at Pulaski Shoal, Dry Tortugas National
> Park, Florida: Journal of Coastal Research, v. 29, no. 2, p. 256-271
> (doi: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-12-00078.1). This is interesting because our
> earlier coring/work showed /Acropora/ was historically never a
> significant reef builder at the Tortugas although there were significant
> live patches of A. /cervicornis/ prior to the cold spell of 1977 that
> decimated them. Coral mysteries still exist. Gene
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