Coral Line by: Mr and Mrs Petrone

Coral Type: Table

Coral species: Acropora hyacinthus
Message: “Honeymoon 2014!

2 year update: We are sorry to report that this was one of the lines hit hardest by our 2016 El Nino bleaching event. I was so sad to see this line bleach as it was one of our largest and had excellent survival rates. You will see from the picture, mass mortality occurred on this line, which is the same for all lines of this species and all colonies on our house reef. This species was the one that was hit hardest and died first- it clearly does not cope well with increases in water temperature! On a happier note, several of your colonies did survive, and these are really important now to help re-seed the population of Acropora hyacinthus on our damaged reef. We hope they will spawn soon, providing more genetic material, and as these colonies survived the warming period, we hope their offspring will contain the same resilience they had, make our reef stronger for future warming events! Find pics of the survivors on the right! To find out more visit our bleaching page and for any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us on [email protected]