Monday Archives: Pigment Grafting in stony corals?

by | Feb 20, 2023 | Corals, Science | 0 comments

resized setosa
This Montipora setosa has developed yellow green pigments believed to have been grafted from a neighboring coral. The branches of an Acropora valida were allowed to come into contact with this Montipora setosa creating a portion of differently colored growth.  The growth continued to manifest into part of the colony and seed fragments from the colored portions have yielded a newly colored coral.  It is theorized that pigment shifts such as these are a result of protein infections as well as pigment grafting but given the circumstances surrounding this colony, I believe it is truly grafted from the Acropora allowed to touch it.


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