[Coral-List] exotic or invasive? introduction of Caribbean acroporiids to the pacific

Damien Beri beridl at g.cofc.edu
Mon Dec 17 17:11:53 UTC 2018

Hello coral listers,

I have a question on what might happen if one was to introduce Caribbean Elkhorn and Staghorn coral back into the Pacific?

It is my understanding an ancestor of the two produced pelagic larvae, containing zooxanthellae and stored nutrients to make a rare oceanic crossing. A majority of Caribbean corals reproduce this way I believe.

I ask this hypothetical question on the basis of curiosity, and extinction prevention. Re-introduction of species will probably be a more suitable topic 50 years down the road.

Warm regards,
Damien Beri

-Masters In Marine Conservation and Policy
Stony Brook University

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Billion Oyster Project

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