CS15 Fish
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Location: Poster Session - VCC
 
Toledo -HernándezC, University of Purto Rico, SanJuan, Puerto Rico, donq65@hotmail.com
Sabat, A, , University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 
 
REGENERATIVE POTENTIAL OF GORGONIA SPP: A FIELD EXPERIMENT.
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The regenerative potential of sea fans, Gorgonia spp. was determined in pristine and degraded reefs along the Western coast of Puerto Rico. At each study site 40 healthy sea fans were transplanted. Tissue area for each colony was estimated through digital image analysis. Ten percent of the total tissue area was scraped on one face of each colony exposing the skeleton. Tissue regeneration was documented two weeks after each scraping. Two months later, the scraping was repeated but 20% of total tissue area was scraped from the same colonies. Tissue regeneration was documented weekly for the next month. In both scraping experiments, all wounds regenerated within the first week. Data presented demonstrate the regenerative potential of Gorgonia spp. and will show that factors other than those causing abrasive lesions are causing permanent wounds.