[Coral-List] captive spawning of Acropora cervicornis

Hoffman, William hoffman at si.edu
Wed Aug 16 17:50:24 EDT 2017

Hello list,
I haven't noticed any this year, but usually by now researchers are busy posting the dates and times they observed their local Caribbean corals spawning.  While I don't get out in the field very often, I'm happy to report that I have photos and a video of a branch of Acropora cervicornis spawning in our Atlantic Coral reef Exhibit.    Gamete bundles were released just after 2 AM on August 11th.   The reason for the late gamete release is likely due to our skewed photoperiod.  Our "Sun" doesn't set until 10:30 EDT.  The corals were collected off Dania Beach in 2002 and are maintained in a closed system.  We vary the temperature seasonally by 2 C and the photoperiod by 2 hours.    I'd be happy to provide more information off-list if anyone is interested.



Bill Hoffman
Smithsonian Marine Station
Marine Ecosystems Exhibit
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Fort Pierce, FL  34949
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