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Ah, CRUD! Invasive Xenia observed in Atlantic

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 13, 2014 09:00 AM
Reefkeepers know Xenia grow at alarming rates, so this observation of an Indo-Pacific Xenia on Venezuelan reefs is very alarming. Even more alarming is the report that it is believed the Xenia was "illegally introduced into Venezuela by commercial aquarists and intentionally seeded in the rocky substrate for propagation and farming purposes."
Ah, CRUD!  Invasive Xenia observed in Atlantic

Pacific Xenia smothering stony corals in Venezuela

If the theory of the invasive origin proposed in the Coral Reefs paper is true, the perpetrator(s) who intentionally introduced Xenia into non-native waters has committed a terrible and irresponsible ecological act that may spread like wildfire.  The authors of the paper, however, do not explain how they arrived at this theory.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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