[Coral-List] FGBNMS August Coral Spawning - Gulf of Mexico

Emma Hickerson - NOAA Federal emma.hickerson at noaa.gov
Tue Aug 11 17:27:34 EDT 2015

Observers from Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the
Northwestern Gulf of Mexico report the following mass coral spawning
observations.  Numbers reported are from two dives made the on the first
night and three dives made on the second night. Dive teams had two or three
primary observers/team and dives were made within a limited area on the
reef for a limited time at East Flower Garden Bank.  Water temperature was
29C. Water depth of observations was approximately 20m.

August 06, 2015
Sunset 2006 local

Montastraea cavernosa female (4 colonies)
Montastraea cavernosa male (11 colonies)

Orbicella franksi (8 colonies)

August 07, 2015
Sunset 2005 local

Montastraea cavernosa female (6 colonies)
Montastraea cavernosa male (6 colonies)

Orbicella franksi (22 colonies)

Pseudodiploria strigosa (24 colonies)

Stephanocoenia intersepta female (1 colony)
Stephanocoenia intersepta male(1 colony)

Ryan Eckert
John Embesi
Michelle Johnston
Marissa Nuttall
G.P. Schmahl
Travis Sterne

We anticipate a second mass coral spawning event in September, 2015.

Emma L. Hickerson
Flower Garden Banks NMS
Research Coordinator
4700 Ave. U, Bldg 216
Galveston, TX 77551
409-621-5151 ext. 111
979-777-3895 cell
emma.hickerson at noaa.gov

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