Abundance and multilocus sequence analysis of Vibrio bacteria associated with diseased elkhorn coral
(Acropora palmata) of the Florida Keys.
Area of Study: Coral restoration and propagation research, working with species such as Orbicella faveolata (mountainous star coral), Acropora palmata (elkhorn coral
), and Dendrogyra cylindrus (pillar coral)
The etiology of white pox, a lethal disease of the Caribbean elkhorn coral
, Acropora palmata.
Staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis (Lamarck, 1816), and elkhorn coral
Acropora palmata (Lamarck, 1816), in particular, have undergone a precipitous decline that has culminated in these species being listed as threatened under the U.S.
Time has transformed the fort's surrounding waters into a great area for snorkeling, the shallow water covering brain, staghorn and elkhorn coral
, turtle grass, queen conchs, yellow string rays, gray snapper and a reported 440 species of fish.
A number of species living in or around the reef system are endangered or under a degree of protection, including four different species of sea turtle (green turtle, loggerhead sea turtle, leatherback turtle, and the hawksbill turtle), the queen conch, the West Indian manatee, the splendid toadfish, the American crocodile, the Morelet's crocodile, the Nassau grouper, the elkhorn coral
, and the black coral.
The Key Largo-based Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) is growing colonies of staghorn and elkhorn coral
at five nurseries scattered from Key Largo to Key West.
In images previewed Monday by project director Richard Vevers, endangered elkhorn coral
, bleached fields of dead coral and coral nurseries suspended like hanging plants in the Keys' blue waters were in sharp focus as they rotated on screen.
Acropora species, like table coral, elkhorn coral
and staghorn coral, were favored in competition due to their rapid growth.
Hagedorn recently created the first frozen repositories for endangered elkhorn coral
, Acropora palmate, and Hawaiian mushroom coral, Fungia scutari.
Paul, of the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce in Florida, and her colleagues offered larvae of staghorn and elkhorn coral
what looked like swatches of pink paint (actually four species of crustose coralline algae) as possible landing pads.
To Guggenheim's surprise, he stumbles upon a spectacular elkhorn coral
, now one of the rarest corals in the world.