Coral Line by:Catherine Joyce, David Joyce, Maria Joyce & Angela Rawlinson
Message: “For Jim: Now your presence will always be in the Maldives”
Coral Type: Branching
Coral species: Acropora selago
Note: Being the only line of this species, we are interested to see how it is growing.A. selagowas a very fragile species to fragment. Myself and Vaidas had 2 hypotheses for this line: 1) We believed it would grow very quickly to make up for it’s brittle skeletal structure, and 2) it would likely have a high mortality rate, as it may suffer more from fragmentation stress. With a 67% survival rate after just 3 months, and a further drop in survival after 6 months, it looks like our second hypothesis was correct, but 6.2mm growth per 3 months so far is very slow growth, which does not conform with the usual ‘weak skeleton, fast growth’ rule that appears to be true for other species such asA. aspera.