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Snowflake coral, Carijoa riisei from Grand Island, Goa: a case of invasion of an alien species or re-establishment of a native species?

Abstract

This paper reports a survey conducted in the coral reefs of Grande Island, Goa, India, in November 2014, during which the occurrence of Carijoa riisei was observed from the site with colonies attached over a shipwreck. Several colonies, white and beige in colour, were observed with branches 8-10 cm long and 3.5 mm wide. The study concluded that the evolutionary origin of the genus is in the Indo-Pacific and hence the population which was earlier considered as invasive to Pacific is in fact a native species.