Marine Biology

, Volume 77, Issue 3, pp 221–227 | Cite as

Neoplasia, regeneration and growth in the reef-building coral Acropora palmata

  • R. P. M. Bak


Abnormal processes of calcification, such as regenerating lesions and neoplasia, situated near the tips(<25 cm) of colonies of Acropora palmata (Lamarck) suppressed normal linear growth. Branches having neoplasia at a larger distance from the tip do not grow significantly differently from controls. This indicates a functional minimal area in terms of energy supply. Neoplasia are pure aragonite and have the same coenosteal structure as regenerative skeletal material. Regeneration of tissue as well as tissue+skeleton lesions involves the simultaneous formation of tissue and regenerative skeleton, trapping foreign material under the regenerated surface. Recovery of a damaged surface slows down with time and this may, in other coral species, result in permanent lesions. A. palmata recovered from all lesions (n=32) within 80 d and appears to be a superior regenerator among Caribbean corals. This is consistent with other life-history characteristics of this highly specialized coral species.


Large Distance Energy Supply Aragonite Linear Growth Coral Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. P. M. Bak
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Caribbean Marine Biological Institute (CARMABI)CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles
  2. 2.Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)TexelThe Netherlands

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