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2011-02-14 09:47:03

The more humanity acidifies and warms the world's oceans with carbon emissions, the harder we will have to work to save our coral reefs. That's the blunt message from a major new study by an international scientific team, which finds that ocean acidification and global warming will combine with local impacts like overfishing and nutrient runoff to weaken the world's coral reefs right when they are struggling to survive. Modeling by a team led by Dr Ken Anthony of the ARC Centre of Excellence...

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2011-02-10 11:45:52

New research reveals that weather-battered northern Australia could be in for more extreme weather events. Researchers studied coral cores that reveal a centuries-old climate record for the region, according to a recent Reuters report Corals can help scientists go back in time by revealing years that were unusually wet or dry.  The annual changes or variations in weather are recorded in growth rings that can be studied by drilling and extracting long cores. "The corals are providing...

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2011-02-07 06:30:00

Tropical Cyclone Yasi, a severe, top-category storm, ripped through Australia's northeast tourist coast Thursday, leveling houses and decimating crops as it hit land near the city of Cairns, gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The reef could face a slow recovery after recent flooding spewed toxic waste into its pristine waters. Marine experts say it is too early to assess the extent of the damage but the world's largest living organism, the sprawling coral structure, was very likely...

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2011-02-06 08:19:17

Things are not always what they seem when it comes to fish"”something scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and the Ocean Science Foundation are finding out. Using modern genetic analysis, combined with traditional examination of morphology, the scientists discovered that what were once thought to be three species of blenny in the genus Starksia are actually 10 distinct species. The team's findings were published in the scientific journal ZooKeys, Feb. 3. Starksia blennies, small...

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2011-01-27 11:01:59

Researchers at Australia's leading coral reef research centre have developed a way to protect both coral reef fish - and the interests of fishers. In pioneering research carried out in Fiji in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the CoECRS team has reported a new approach that enables communities to balance the need to protect the environment with the need to maintain local food supplies and incomes. Concern over the worldwide decline of coral reefs has prompted many...

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2011-01-27 09:05:20

Finding could help scientists monitor how corals adapt to global warming Young staghorn coral that fluoresce redder are less likely to settle and develop into coral polyps than their greener peers, University of Texas at Austin biologists have discovered. The finding may help scientists monitor how corals adapt to global warming because the less likely coral larvae are to settle, the more likely they will disperse from their reef of origin. "By simply looking at the color of a larval...

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2011-01-24 08:17:07

The key to preserving the extraordinary richness and beauty of the world's coral reefs through the coming period of fragmentation caused by climate change lies in a better understanding of how newborn coral larvae disperse across the oceans to settle and grow on new reefs. Research by scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is throwing new light on the survival and settlement rates of larvae from different coral species, as a basis for predicting how fast coral...

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2011-01-17 07:56:27

Wildlife Conservation Society confirms sea urchins destroy reef building algae in overfished sites on Kenya's coast An 18-year study of Kenya's coral reefs by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of California at Santa Cruz has found that overfished reef systems have more sea urchins"”organisms that in turn eat coral algae that build tropical reef systems. By contrast, reef systems closed to fishing have fewer sea urchins"”the result of predatory fish keeping...

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2011-01-15 10:57:34

The world's corals not only display stunning beauty and diversity "“ they also have rhythm, man. And that helps to keep them going through the lonely low-­"point of the night, when their partner robs them blind. That corals, among the simplest of Earth's creatures, have some curiously human-­"like attributes is emerging in a fresh set of revelations from by an international team of Australian and Israeli coral geneticists at...

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2011-01-14 08:30:00

Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are vowing to protect newly located coral reefs found in a 12 mile span off the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico, hoping that their discovery could lead to the revitalization of the area's coral ecosystem. The new reefs, located at depths of between 100 and 500 feet, were discovered by Richard Appledoorn, a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, and divers participating in a one-year training course, according to...


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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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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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