A mix of sites were visited over this leg of the trip: Nelson Island, Victory Bank, and Blenheim. P. acuta and P. damicornis were not observed at the vast majority of these reefs, so I instead focused on sampling both Seriatopora spp. and other pocilloporids for my collaborators. Please note that the two dives on 2015-04-22 were made at Salomon, though these have been moved to the Salomon page given how extensively this region was surveyed.
Three reefs (BiNi77-79) were surveyed around Nelson Island on 2015-04-20, and neither P. acuta nor P. damicornis were observed at any of them; instead, I sampled Seriatopora spp. (ChSe93-95 from BiNi77) and other pocilloporids for collaborators.
BiNi77 (2015-04-20) leeward lagoonal patch reef
BiNi80a (2015-04-21) This site was technically part of the Great Chagos region but has been included in the map above for convenience. I have grouped the images of the four Seriatopora spp. colonies (ChSe96-99) sampled across both dives to this site after the BiNi80b habitat images.
BiNi80b (2015-04-21) We returned to this site later in the day to collect crown of thorns seastars, which were decimating the reef.
BiVb81 (2015-04-21) Two Seriatopora spp. colonies (CHSe100-101) were sampled from this leeward submerged rim reef.
BiVb99 (2015-04-27) A lone P. acuta (ChPa141) and four Seriatopora spp. (ChSe146-149) colonies were observed at, and sampled from, this leeward lagoonal patch reef.
BiVb108 (2015-04-30) Three Seriatopora spp. colonies (ChSe153-155) were sampled from this lagoonal patch reef (actually, it could be part of the submerged rim).
BiVb109 (2015-04-30) Neither P. acuta/damicornis nor Seriatopora spp. were observed at this bank “forereef.”
BiBl82 (2015-04-22) Three Seriatopora spp. (ChSe102-104) were sampled from this forereef site.
BiBl83 (2015-04-22) forereef
BiBl86 (2015-04-23) Two Seriatopora spp. colonies (ChSe111-112) were sampled from this forereef. Please note that sites 84-85 were at Salomon and so can be found on that page.
BiBl87 (2015-04-23) Seven Seriatopora spp. colonies (ChSe113-119) were sampled from this forereef. The latter colony was sampled by a collaborator and so I do not have the associated pictures.