|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Date||19 Mar 2015|
The Orange Cup Coral (Tubastraea spp.) was first reported in Brazil in the 80ths in Rio de Janeiro state where it changed the structure of the rocky shores native benthic communities. In 2011, this invasive coral was reported on coral reef in Todos os Santos Bay (TSB; Bahia state). The coast of Bahia state is the region with highest marine biodiversity in the South Atlantic Ocean, also with high levels of endemism and presence of relic coral species. Our 1st Rufford project showed that invasive coral can also change the structure of native benthic assemblages in TSB’ coral reef site (Cascos reef). These effects were primarily due to tecidual mortality of native coral species in direct contact with the invasive coral. Moreover, we mapped the distribution of this invader in others 14 sites in the TSB and we train volunteers who worked on removing more than 8,000 colonies to control its expansion. The 1st project produced an important baseline that served as a starting step for monitoring. Now, our 2nd project is evaluating managed coral reef site (Cascos reef) by monitoring invasive recruitment effects on native coral recruitment and herbivory (by reef fishes) processes conducting systematic visual, photo and video census and manipulated experiments.
Read about Ricardo's previous project http://www.rufford.org/projects/ricardo_jessouroun_de_miranda or for more information contact: