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CoralPetition03-02Final_1

CoralPetition03-02Final_1

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This document is a 111 page formal academic petition to the US government (in the form of NOAA Fisheries) to list the Caribbean Acroporiid corals: Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata), Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis), and the hybrid Fused-staghorn coral (Acropora prolifera) under the Endangered Species act (ESA).

This formal petition was created and submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity.

The document features many photographs taken by Sean Nash on trips to Andros Island in The Bahamas with groups of high school students enrolled his marine biology course.
This document is a 111 page formal academic petition to the US government (in the form of NOAA Fisheries) to list the Caribbean Acroporiid corals: Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata), Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis), and the hybrid Fused-staghorn coral (Acropora prolifera) under the Endangered Species act (ESA).

This formal petition was created and submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity.

The document features many photographs taken by Sean Nash on trips to Andros Island in The Bahamas with groups of high school students enrolled his marine biology course.

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Published by: nashworld on Sep 13, 2009
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Tumors of calicoblastic neoplasms are raised, whitened, abnormal lumps on coral colony
surfaces with distorted polipary structure. It is a pathologic process that results in the
formation and proliferation of an undifferentiated mass of cells. These cells grow and
multiply more rapidly than normal and lack the structural organization and function of
normal tissue. First noted by Squires in 1965, their effect on growth and regeneration
was examined in Curaçao (Bak 1983). Neoplasms are thought to reduce the reproductive
potential of coral, and they are susceptible to ulceration and invasion by filamentous
algae. Affected areas lack mucous secretory cells and are very porous, increasing
vulnerability to sedimentation and wave stress (Peters et al. 1986). Instances of
Calicoplastic neoplasms were reported from Carysfort Reef, Florida in 1975 and Grecian
Rocks, Florida in 1982. They are known to occur sporadically at low levels throughout
the Caribbean (Peters et al. 1986).

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