[Coral-List] fossil Acropora prolifera

William Precht william.precht at gmail.com
Mon Sep 9 08:51:45 EDT 2013


Unfortunately, the hole you dug back in the Pleistocene (get the double
entendre) was covered by a bulldozer a few years back when they where
building a house on the cliff above.  However, there still are a few places
along the shore of Rio Bueno where there is still access to fossil A.
cervicornis thickets.  When I used to take my NEU - Three Seas class there
we collected A. prolifera.  If any of my former students reading the email
has any samples or photos, please contact me. Thanks!



On Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM, Kaufman, Leslie S <lesk at bu.edu> wrote:

> Hi all.
> WRT the discussion of fossil Caribbean Acropora, the place to look for A.
> prolifera would be in the Falmouth Formation on the east side of Rio Bueno,
> Jamaica.  I think I've seen it in there, along with mostly A. cervicornis
> (in terms of growth form), though it's been a while and somebody ought to
> look more carefully.  I suspect that the hole I dug in the late 1970's
> (actually enlarged, somebody else started it) is still there.
> Les
> Les Kaufman
> Professor of Biology
> Boston University Marine Program
> and
> Marine Conservation Fellow
> Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Ecosystem Science and Economics
> Conservation International
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