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Data on invasive corallimorphs Palmyra

October 11, 2022

Invasive marine species are well documented but options to manage them are limited. At Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (Central North Pacific), native invasive corallimorpharians, Rhodactis howesii, have smothered live native corals since 2007. Laboratory and field trials were conducted evaluating two control methods to remove R. howesii overgrowing the benthos at Palmyra Atoll (Palmyra): 1) toothpaste mixed with chlorine, citric acid, or sodium hydroxide (NaOH), and 2) hot water. Paste mixed with NaOH had the most efficacious kill in mesocosm trials and resulted in >90% kill over a 98 m2 area three days after treatment. Hot water at 82C was most effective in mesocosms; in the field hot water was less effective than paste but [...]

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Data on invasive corallimorphs Palmyra
DOI 10.5066/P9QF4XDF
Authors Thierry M Work, Renee L Breeden, Robert A Rameyer, Vernon Ray Born, Tim Clark, Jeremy Raynal, Chris Gillies, Julia Rose, Alex Wegmann, Stefan Kropidlowski
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization National Wildlife Health Center