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Coral Communities at Rose Atoll

Favia, Acropora, Porites, Montipora, Astreopora, and Pocillopora
Damsels
Coral cover, abundance, species richness, and diversity are moderate compared to other reefs in the archipelago, but high compared to the Hawaiian Islands. Dominant corals at Rose include Favia, Acropora, Porites, Montipora, Astreopora, Montastrea, and Pocillopora. About 20 species and 6 genera of corals observed in 1994 at Rose were not seen during 2002, perhaps due to a combination of a bleaching event, shipgrounding, and other factors (crown-of-starfish predation, hurricanes, tsunami waves, etc.). More recent surveys in 2002, and 2004-2007 reveal that coral recovery is proceeding rapidly following complete removal of ship debris and the earlier insults of the ship grounding, coral bleaching and several large wave events.

Facts About Coral Communities at Rose Atoll

Coral communities at Rose include about 140 species

They are distinctive and quite different from those of the other islands in Samoa

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2014
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