Octocoral bleaching during unusual thermal stress
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We describe a bleaching event in octocoral communities at four reefs in southwest Puerto Rico during October 2005 following a period of elevated sea surface temperatures. Percentages of colonies bleached varied among taxa, ranging from 0% for Pseudopterogorgia, Eunicea and Gorgonia to over 90% for Muricea. Other taxa exhibiting bleaching included Pseudoplexaura (22.3%), Muriceopsis (36.6%), Briareum (46.1%), Plexaurella (69.6%) and Pterogorgia (84.5%).