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Corallimorph Invasion Palmyra: Data

Dates

Publication Date
Time Period
2007-09-07
Time Period
2011-05-11
Time Period
2016-07-21

Citation

Work, T.M., Aeby, G., and Neal, B., 2018, Corallimorph invasion Palmyra: Data: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P95PE2S5.

Summary

In 2007, a phase shift from corals to corallimorpharians (CM) was documented at Palmyra Atoll, Line Islands, centered around a shipwreck. Subsequent surveys revealed CM to be overgrowing the reef benthos, including corals and coralline algae, potentially placing coral ecosystems in the atoll at risk. This prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the lead management agency of the atoll, to remove the shipwreck. Subsequent surveys showed reversal of spread of CM around the ship impact site. We explain patterns of spread of the CM in terms of life history and local currents and show with a pilot study that pulverized bleach may be an effective tool to eradicate CM on a local scale. If applied strategically, particularly in heavily [...]

Contacts

Point of Contact :
Thierry M Work
Originator :
Thierry M Work, Greta Aeby, Benjamin Neal
Metadata Contact :
Thierry M Work
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Ecosystems
SDC Data Owner :
National Wildlife Health Center

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CMP_Depth.csv 19.18 KB
CMP_Points.csv 39.91 KB

Purpose

Data collected to map progression of corallimorph infestation on a coral reef.

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