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2012-08-02 16:45:33

Widespread skin cancer has been identified for the first time in wild marine fish populations, new research has shown. A collaborative study between Newcastle University, UK, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science published today in the academic journal PLoS ONE - reveals the incidence of melanoma in the coral trout, a species found on the Great Barrier Reef and directly beneath the world's largest hole in the ozone layer. This is the first time skin cancer has been diagnosed in...

2012-08-02 07:04:48

Fish With Skin Cancer? By: Erika Dunayer, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and is the leading cause of death from skin disease. Over 9,000 people die from Melanoma every year in the United States. Researchers are now starting to see evidence of the disease in fish! A collaborative study between Newcastle University, UK, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science reveals the incidence of melanoma in the coral...

2012-07-30 23:02:24

Greenpeace researchers have discovered abundant corals where Shell hopes to begin Arctic offshore drilling this summer. The discovery raises questions why the Arctic corals are not adequately addressed in the environmental impact statement for Shell's drilling program. Chukchi Sea, AK (PRWEB) July 30, 2012 Greenpeace submarine research at Shell´s proposed drill site in the Chukchi Sea has collected the first coral specimen from the region. With a Shell vessel nearby, Greenpeace marine...

Hatches Close On Aquarius Lab, Possibly For The Last Time
2012-07-23 14:13:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Aquanauts could now officially be a thing of the past, as Sunday saw the doors of the undersea research lab Aquarius Reef Base close for the last time. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) lab was established in 1986, and operated around the U.S. Virgin Islands for over two decades at 60 feet below the surface of the ocean. Federal budget cuts have left the Aquarius lab without its $3 million annual funding,...

Australia's Great Barrier Reef Gets A Little Help From Volcanic Eruptions
2012-07-20 06:50:48

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Have you ever wondered how the Great Barrier Reef came to be? Research conducted by Queensland University of Technology geologist Dr Scott Bryan indicates that volcanic activity in the Southwest Pacific could help to save the Great Barrier Reef, but it could also be what caused it to form in the first place. Dr Bryan and colleagues studied the westward flow or rafting of pumice after volcanic eruptions in Tonga in 2001 and...

Marine Protected Areas Benefit Fisheries
2012-07-12 21:40:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The first clear evidence that no-take protected areas can help restock exploited fish populations on neighboring reefs was presented at the International Coral Reef Symposium today. These answers will help resolve a long-running discussion worldwide about whether areas blocked off to all forms of fishing help replenish fish numbers outside the marine protected areas (MPAs). “Using DNA fingerprinting technology, we now can...

Our Coral Reefs Are Tougher Than We Thought
2012-07-12 16:38:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region pull through faster from major stress than their Caribbean counterparts, leading marine scientists said today. Dr George Roff and Professor Peter Mumby from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The University of Queensland told the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns said that coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region are more stout than the Caribbean reef...

2012-07-12 13:09:29

Coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region, including the Great Barrier Reef, recover faster from major stresses than their Caribbean counterparts, leading marine scientists said today. Dr George Roff and Professor Peter Mumby from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The University of Queensland told the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns that coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific Ocean are naturally tougher than the Caribbean reefs. "The main reason that...

2012-07-12 12:21:09

Scientists have discovered two viruses that appear to infect the single-celled microalgae that reside in corals and are important for coral growth and health, and they say the viruses could play a role in the serious decline of coral ecosystems around the world. These viruses, including an RNA virus never before isolated from a coral, have been shown for the first time to clearly be associated with these microalgae called Symbiodinium. If it's proven that they are infecting those algae and...

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2012-07-11 14:42:36

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There is a lichen named for President Obama and Elvis has a wasp species named after him. Now the world of celebrity species naming can add a parasitic blood-feeding crustacean to the list with Gnathia marleyi, named after reggae icon Bob Marley, reports Deborah Zabarenko for Reuters. “I named this species, which is truly a natural wonder, after Marley because of my respect and admiration for Marley´s music,” Paul...


Latest Coral 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...

Foxface Rabbitfish, Siganus vulpinus
2013-02-17 07:58:30

Image Credit: Dr. Wayne Meadows (NOAA)/Wikipedia The foxface rabbitfish is found in coral rich lagoons, and reefs in the coastal water of the Western Pacific. Around the western Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, Caroline Islands, and the Marshall Islands. It has also been sighted around Vanuatu, Nauru, Kiribati, and recently Tonga. Adults usually swim in pairs, but the juveniles have been known to form schools. The adult foxface rabbitfish is...

Barrier Reef Anemonefish, Amphiprion akindynos
2012-05-11 12:04:43

The Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos) is native to the marine lagoons and reefs in the Western Pacific Ocean.  It lives at a depth of around eighty-two feet in temperatures fluctuating between fifty degrees Fahrenheit to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Its range includes northern New South Wales, the Loyalty Islands, Tonga, New Caledonia, Coral Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef. They are typically seen near or within the tentacles of their host anemones. They will inhabit anemones like...

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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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