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First record of the fireworm Hermodice carunculata preying on colonies of the threatened staghorn coral Acropora Cervicornis in the southeastern outplanting sites of the Dominican Republic

Novitates Caribaea. 2017;(11):97-98 DOI 10.33800/nc.v0i11.17

 

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Journal Title: Novitates Caribaea

ISSN: 2071-9841 (Print); 2079-0139 (Online)

Publisher: Museo Nacional de Historia Natural "Prof. Eugenio de Jesús Marcano"

Society/Institution: Museo Nacional de Historia Natural "Prof. Eugenio de Jesús Marcano"

LCC Subject Category: Science: Biology (General): Ecology | Science: Zoology

Country of publisher: Dominican Republic

Language of fulltext: Spanish, English

Full-text formats available: PDF

 

AUTHORS


Johanna Calle-Triviño (Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico / Fundación Dominicana de Estudios Marinos, Dominican Republic)

Camilo Cortés-Useche (Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, México / Fundación Dominicana de Estudios Marinos, Dominican Republic)

Rita Sellares (Fundación Dominicana de Estudios Marinos, Dominican Republic)

Jesús Ernesto Arias González (Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico)

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Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Several fireworms Hermodice carunculata (Pallas, 1766) were observed feeding on coral colonies or transplanted fragments of the threatened staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis (Lamarck, 1816), in outplanting sites at Bayahibe, Dominican Republic. The fireworm H. carunculata has a highly negative impact on A. cervicornis populations, causing several lesions on the living tissue of branches and partial or complete mortality at the outplanting sites. This is the first report of predation on transplanted colonies in a coral restoration program in the Dominican Republic.