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Efforts to culture and conserve acroporid corals in aquaria have led to the discovery of a corallivorous polyclad flatworm (known as AEFW – Acropora-eating flatworm), which, if not removed, can eat entire colonies. Live observations of the AEFW, whole mounts, serial histological sections and comparison of 28S rDNA sequences with other polyclads reveal that(More)
In August 2006, a team of 20 aquarium professionals and researchers from the USA and Europe collected gametes of the threatened Elkhorn coral Acropora palmata during a SECORE workshop (www.secore.org) in the Trés Palmas Reserve, Rincon, (Puerto Rico). More than 900,000 larvae were reared from field collected eggs fertilized in vitro and half of them were(More)
Coral reefs are experiencing unprecedented degradation due to human activities, and protecting specific reef habitats may not stop this decline, because the most serious threats are global (i.e., climate change), not local. However, ex situ preservation practices can provide safeguards for coral reef conservation. Specifically, modern advances in(More)
In June, 2002, the government of Dominica requested assistance in evaluating the coral culture and transplantation activities being undertaken by Oceanographic Institute of Dominica (OID), a coral farm culturing both western Atlantic and Indo-Pacific corals for restoration and commercial sales. We assessed the culture facilities of OID, the condition of(More)
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