[Coral-List] Acropora prolifera

Dennis Hubbard dennis.hubbard at oberlin.edu
Tue Sep 10 12:07:45 EDT 2013

This is the first I've heard of the latest species shuffle. Is  *Montastraea
faveolata* now formally *Orbicella faveolata*? Perhaps I missed the genus
Orbicella; is this a new genus, and what is the basis for this change
(other than the obvious "it's genetics"?).


On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM, Belize Marine TREC <trec at hotmail.com>wrote:

> At Belize Marine TREC we spend hundreds of hours every year over
> the Ambergris - Caye Caulker Back Reef in Northern Belize.  During the
> last five to ten years we have seen a dramatic increase in Acropora
> prolifera
> as well as Orbicella (formerly Montastraea) faveolata.  They are a bright
> spot
> giving us cause for some optimism when discussing the current state of
> coral
> reefs with our students.
> Dr. Ken Mattes
> Director
> Belize Marine TREC
> Tropical Research  & Education Center
> www.BelizeMarineTREC.com
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Dennis Hubbard
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