Coral Line by: Jasper Clements
Coral Type: Digitate
Coral species: Acropora granulosa
Note: The fragments on this line came from the same colony as 068, and so are genetically identical. The 64% survival shown here is very different from the 90% survival shown on line 068 at 3 months. We will be watching these two lines closely to try to determine why the survival rates are so different. From the photographs we can see that the live fragments are growing very well though, and the mortality only occurred at the far end of the line- probably a disease or predation of some kind.
As of 2017, this line is still growing well. It was one of the few that survived the bleaching event of 2016, making it a really important line for transplantation.
UPDATE (April, 2021): the remaining 11 colonies were successfully transplanted back onto the reef. Since they survived the 2016 mass coral bleaching event we feel confident they will produce resilient offspring in the future to help re-seed the reefs around Gili Lankanfushi.