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Corallimorph Invasion Palmyra: Data


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Work, T.M., Aeby, G., and Neal, B., 2018, Corallimorph invasion Palmyra: Data: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


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 [...]


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Thierry M Work
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Thierry M Work, Greta Aeby, Benjamin Neal
Metadata Contact :
Thierry M Work
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
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National Wildlife Health Center

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CMP_Depth.csv 19.18 KB text/csv
CMP_Points.csv 39.91 KB text/csv


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

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DOI doi:10.5066/P95PE2S5

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