Quantcast
Last updated on April 19, 2014 at 8:29 EDT

Latest Coral reef Stories

Can You Stomach This? Starfish Feeding Secrets Revealed
2013-08-02 14:13:12

[ Watch the Video: Starfish Feeding Mechanism Better Understood ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Starfish have a feeding method that is unlike any other. To eat, the echinoderm ejects its stomach from its own body -- placing it over the digestible parts of its prey, typically a mussel or clam. The stomach then partially digests what it can, producing a chowder-like slurry that is then drawn back into the starfishes' ten digestive glands. According to a new report...

2013-07-30 08:23:13

New 260,000-Gallon Coral Reef Ecosystem Features More Than 700 Animals from 65 Species of Marine Life, 3,000 Pieces of Coral and a 500+ Pound Sea Turtle BALTIMORE, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sleek, fast-moving blacktip reef sharks will today dive into their new home at the Blacktip Reef exhibit in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Ten sharks will swarm into the exhibit throughout the day to join their brothers and sisters that began entering yesterday, completing the full pack of 20...

Coastal Storm Damage Not As Severe Thanks To Mother Nature
2013-07-18 10:28:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People and property along coastal regions are being placed at greater risk by extreme weather, sea-level rise and degraded coastal systems. A new study by scientists with the Natural Capital Project at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment shows that natural habitats such as dunes and reefs are critical to protecting millions of US residents and billions of dollars in property from coastal storms. The study, published...

2013-07-17 23:18:35

Interstate Plastics has become the primary supplier of PVC plastics for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for use in Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS), which has far reaching benefits for improving understanding and stewardship of the environment, as well as assessing and predicting the changes of environmental systems over time. Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 17, 2013 Interstate Plastics has been chosen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

2013-07-15 23:18:33

Dunes, Reefs, and Other Habitats Vital to Protecting Millions of US Coastal Residents and Billions of Dollars in Property, says new study by The Nature Conservancy scientist Peter Kareiva. Arlington, VA (PRWEB) July 15, 2013 A new study by scientists at the Natural Capital Project says that natural habitats are critical to protecting millions of U.S. residents and their property from devastation by coastal storms. And neglecting those habitats, say the study’s authors, could double the...

Protecting Coastal Habitats Saves Property Lives
2013-07-15 16:01:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In addition to being thriving ecosystems and adding to stunning seaside views, coral reefs and wetlands also protect residents and property from rising seas and destructive storm surges. Guarding about two-thirds of the US coastline, protective habitats could double the at-risk population and property if they were lost warned a new study in Nature Climate Change. "Where we've got these ecosystems intact, we need to keep it that way....

Juvenile Reef Fish Use The Sun Compass To Guide Them To Safety
2013-07-08 09:32:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When reef fish hatch from their eggs, they are immediately swept out to sea -- sometimes miles from the safety of their coral homes. Once they are able to swim, these fish must begin the arduous trek back or risk getting devoured in the open waters. The tiny fishes' uncanny ability to locate their home reef has captivated scientists and a new study in the journal PLoS ONE revealed these fish use the sun's position in the sky to...

Global Warming Will Not Affect Jumping Snails' Ability To Leap
2013-07-05 08:52:24

Society for Experimental Biology Snails in the Great Barrier Reef literally jump for their life to avoid predators. But will they be able to maintain these life-saving jumps, with rising sea temperatures? A new study, to be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting in Valencia on July 5, shows that the snails will indeed be able to keep on jumping, even at temperatures which will kill fish. The Great Barrier Reef humpbacked conch snail jumps when it senses the odor of...

Scuba Fishing Ban To Preserve Hawaii's Vulnerable Species
2013-07-01 10:57:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A contentious debate is stirring in the Aloha State between fishermen and those looking to preserve species living in the regions' coral reefs. Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources recently voted to ban spear fishing with scuba gear off the west coast of the state's main island as well as the collection of 40 different species for aquariums. The regulations were approved 4-2 after six hours of hearings. According to...

2013-06-18 16:20:28

OceanGate, Nova Southeastern University and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Host Three-Day Event to Promote Awareness and Gauge Impact of Lionfish on Florida's Economy and Ocean Habitat SEATTLE, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest tool in the battle against Florida's alarming lionfish invasion will be deployed this month at Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center in Port Everglades, Florida. From June 27 to 29, the five-person manned submersible Antipodes will take...


Latest Coral reef Reference Libraries

Black Sea Urchin, Diadema antillarum
2013-11-06 11:22:21

Diadema antillarum, known also as the Lime Urchin, the Long-Spined Sea Urchin, or the Black Sea Urchin, is a species of sea urchin belonging to the family Diadematidae. It is characterized by its extremely long black spines. This species is the most plentiful and significant herbivore on the coral reefs of the western Atlantic and Caribbean basin. Then the population of these sea urchins is at a healthy level, they’re the main grazers which prevent algae overgrowth of the reef....

Synaptula lamperti
2013-11-04 09:27:28

Synaptula lamperti is a species of sea cucumber belonging to the family Synaptidae within the phylum Echinodermata, located on coral reefs within the Indo-Pacific region. The echinoderms are marine invertebrates and they include the sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and starfish. They’re radially symmetric and have a water vascular system that is driven by hydrostatic pressure, making them able to move around via numerous suckers known as tube feet. Sea cucumbers are typically leathery,...

Diadema setosum
2013-04-30 15:23:43

Diadema setosum is a species of sea urchin that can be found in Indo-Pacific waters. Its range extends from the Red Sea to coasts of Australia in the east, and from Japan in the north to the east coast of Africa in the south. There have been a few individuals found outside of this natural range, leading experts to believe that it was introduced by natural or manmade causes. Two individuals were found off the coast of the Kaş peninsula in Turkey in 2006. These individuals represent the first...

Lampert's Sea Cucumber, Synaptula lamperti
2013-04-30 15:18:06

Synaptula lamperti is a species of sea cucumber that can be found in the waters of the Indo-Pacific. Its range includes the coastal waters of Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Micronesia. It does not have the tube feet, which are common to other species of sea cucumber, instead moving around by using a small grouping of pinnate feeding tentacles, which are always moving. It can also move by using the small, hook-like bones found along its body, attaching itself to the sea...

Black Sea Urchin, Diadema antillarum
2013-04-30 12:59:49

The black sea urchin (Diadema antillarum), also known as the lime sea urchin or the long-spined sea urchin, is a species that can be found in the Caribbean basin and the western waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It prefers to inhabit coral reefs in these areas and resides at depths of up to 32.8 feet. This species has a test, or outer shell, that is similar that of most species of sea urchin. However, this species has longer spines, a trait from which it derived one of its common names. These...

More Articles (24 articles) »