[Coral-List] Mass coral bleaching in Sri Lanka

Nishan Perera boraluwa at gmail.com
Tue Jun 4 11:11:42 UTC 2019

Sri Lanka is currently going through a major bleaching event that appears
to be more intense than the 2016 event at least reefs on the eastern side
of the island. Monitoring at 4 sites along the east coast indicate that
more than 90% of all hard corals are bleached. This includes virtually all
*Acropora*, most *Pocillopora*, favids, *Porties* and most massive
colonies. *Montipora aequituberculata* and *Porites rus* which have been
bleaching resistant in Sri Lanka in the past are showing bleaching this
time. However, mortality is still low and most corals have remained
bleached but alive for one month. I saw reports of bleaching in French
Plynesia and Thailand as well and am interested to know of any other places
and patterns.




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