Rev. biol. mar. oceanogr. 46(3): 477-482
Nota Científica


Cultivo del coral cuerno de alce Acropora palmata en un

sistema recirculado utilizando agua de mar sintética

Galdy Hernández-Zárate1, Fabiola Lango-Reynoso1, María del Refugio Castañeda-Chávez1, Jorge E. Zamora-Castro1 & Juan Raymundo Maldonado-Hernández2

1Laboratorio de Investigación de Recursos Acuáticos, Instituto Tecnológico de Boca del Río (ITBOCA), Km 12, Carretera Veracruz-Córdoba, C. P. 94290, Boca del Río, Veracruz, México

2Corallium, S. A. de C.V. Privada de Azaleas 16, Col. Jardines de Las Ánimas, C. P. 91190, Xalapa, Veracruz, México


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This study assessed the survival of Acropora palmata fragments under controlled experimental conditions over a period of four months in a recirculating artificial seawater system. The coral fragments (5-9 cm long) were fixed in aragocrete and placed in an aquarium under a photoperiod of 12 h light: 12 h dark, using 150 W lamps (10000 K). The survival rate was 58%. Fragment mortality occurred mostly during the first month, which was associated to the process of bleaching stress as a result of fragmentation. These results showed that the conditioning in captivity of A. palmata using artificial seawater has potential as a viable tool to help the conservation of this species.


Key words: Aquarium, conditioning, fragmentation, stony corals