Hard Tissue Tumors of Scleractinian Corals

  • Daniel P. Cheney
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 64)


The susceptibility of vertebrates to neoplasia is believed linked to the presence of an immunologic apparatus and a well-developed lymphoid system1. Recent observations on invertebrates have revealed the presence of primitive immunologic mechanisms, beginning with the coelenterates2. Based on this consideration, even lower invertebrates possess the theoretical capacity to acquire tumors. In this report, I will draw an example from a spontaneous tumor occurring in the scleractinian coral, Acropora formosa (Dana), and relate it to the growth patterns observed in this coral and other coelenterates.


Great Barrier Reef SCLERACTINIAN Coral Normal Branch Gastrovascular Cavity Abnormal Coloni 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel P. Cheney
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  1. 1.Hilo CollegeUniversity of HawaiiHiloUSA

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