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Latest Coral reefs Stories

Close-up Of Coral Bleaching Event Provided By UGA Ecologists
2014-06-04 03:39:05

New research by University of Georgia ecologists sheds light on exactly what happens to coral during periods of excessively high water temperatures.

New Biodiversity Study Overturns Controversial Scientific Theory
2014-05-27 03:54:54

Researchers have today released ground-breaking findings that dismiss the ‘Neutral Theory of Biodiversity’. The theory has dominated biodiversity research for the past decade, and been advocated as a tool for conservation and management efforts.

New Fish Species From Deep Reefs Of The Southern Caribbean
2014-05-19 03:58:16

Smithsonian scientists describe a colorful new species of small coral reef sea bass from depths of 182–241 m off Curaçao, southern Caribbean.

New Species Of Sea Bass Identified Based On Larval, Adult Specimen
2014-05-14 13:14:48

Thanks to a lot of hard work and a little luck – two scientists from National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution have identified a mysterious larval fish and the same fish in its adult stage as a new species of sea bass.

Coral Reefs Reduce Risk Of Coastal Hazards, Climate Change
2014-05-14 05:55:09

While an elevated risk of strong storms, flooding and other coastal hazards could be threatening the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world, an international team of researchers found a way to reduce that risk...

More Coral Babies Staying At Home On Future Reefs
2014-04-29 03:11:08

It seems that coral reefs are experiencing something their human counterparts have been for years – a shrinking "empty nest" syndrome.

Fish Living In Acidic Ocean Waters Less Able To Smell Predators
2014-04-14 14:14:56

Fish living on coral reefs where carbon dioxide seeps from the ocean floor were less able to detect predator odor than fish from normal coral reefs, according to a new study.

Small Coral-eating Worm May Mean Big Trouble For Reefs
2014-04-14 13:28:59

New research from the University of Southampton has identified a coral-eating flatworm as a potential threat for coral reefs.

Reef Fish Arrived In Two Waves
2014-04-11 10:11:10

The world's reefs are hotbeds of biological diversity, including over 4,500 species of fish. A new study shows that the ancestors of these fish colonized reefs in two distinct waves, before and after the mass extinction event about 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs.

How To Save Reefs Containing The Most Diversity With Limited Resources
2014-04-11 09:55:31

Marine scientists keen on finding patterns of coral decline and persistence in gradually warming oceans have a complex challenge: how to save reefs containing the most diversity with limited resources.


Latest Coral reefs Reference Libraries

Crown Of Thorns Starfish, Acanthaster planci
2013-11-11 10:54:41

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 Reef
2013-04-20 15:49:21

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...

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2012-04-03 20:41:16

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...

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2012-04-03 18:56:15

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....

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2012-04-03 17:35:45

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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