Latest Coral reefs Stories
A contentious debate is stirring in the Aloha State between fishermen and those looking to preserve species living in the regions’ coral reefs.
Researchers wrote in the journal Environmental Research Letters that all existing coral reefs will die from inhospitable ocean chemistry conditions by the end of the century if civilization continues on its current path.
The density of coral skeletons will be reduced by ocean acidification due to rising carbon dioxide levels, according to an international group of scientists led by the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Changing Seas, an Emmy award-winning WPBT2 original series, premieres four exciting new episodes in primetime this June.
The corals reefs on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef were devastated by Cyclone Yasi – a Category 5 Hurricane which made landfall in Queensland, Australia, on February 3, 2011.
A pair of Taiwanese researchers say they have discovered a tiny new fish that initially turned up as bycatch, accidentally snared during specimen collection at a depth of around 515 to 547 feet, according to a new report in the open access journal Zookeys.
Scientists generally believe that they have pretty well explored the flora and fauna of the American west coast. However, a new study has proven this theory wrong, with the discovery of two new species and a genus of coral.
The Conservancy is highlighting the benefits of coral, mangrove, sea grass, and shellfish restoration to people and nature including reducing risk from natural disasters for coastal communities
A new study claims earthquakes and volcanoes are responsible for the diverse nature of the ocean’s coral reefs. With this information, scientists are now becoming even more worried about global warming.
Researchers from the University of Hawaii say they have predicted the abundance and distribution of coral around the island state by using a computer model.
The crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Acanthasteridae family. This species has a large range that extends from the Red Sea to the African coasts in the east and from the Indian Ocean to the western coasts of Central America. It prefers a habitat in coral reefs, which can be harmed if population numbers are too high. Damage occurs when filamentous algae covers bare skeletons of coral and the starfish move in to feed, stripping...
Coral reefs are submerged structures consisting of calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Coral reefs are colonies of small animals found in marine waters that enclose few nutrients. The majority of coral reefs are constructed from stony corals, which then consist of polyps that come together in groups. The polyps are like small sea anemones, to which they are very closely related. Unlike the sea anemones, coral polyps secrete hard carbonate exoskeletons which provide support and protections...
Knotted Fan Coral, (Melithaea ochracea), is a species of colonial soft coral that is found in tree-like fans on shallow reefs in the South China Sea between Taiwan and Indonesia, including Singapore and Malaysia. In Taiwan, it is the most widespread coral in its family Gorgonacea. It is found on the higher parts of reef fronts where its numerous small polyps can feed at water flow rates varying from 1.6 to 16 inches per second. This species usually grow to about 8 inches in length, with...
Leaf Plate Montipora, (Montipora capricornis), also known as Vase Coral, Cap Coral, or simply Montipora, is a species of stony coral found in the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is also found in reefs in the Red Sea. It usually inhabits the top half of the reef where photosynthesis can occur. It branches out from the foundation into an area with adequate sunlight. This species forms flat, plating colonies. The colonies expand by adding to their foundations and further spreading out....
Nephtheidae is a family of soft corals known as carnation corals, tree corals or colt soft corals. These corals are very striking and show a wide range of rich colors including red, pink, yellow and purple. These corals are mainly tree-like in that they branch out and have little knobs on the end of their rubbery branches. Another name given these animals are broccoli corals, due to the fact that their polyps retract in the daytime, giving them the resemblance of the vegetable. The polyps...
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