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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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2011-01-11 12:35:00

The Edge Coral Reefs project announced this week that it has identified 10 of the most at-risk coral species for protection. Conservationists have unveiled plans to preserve and protect the world's most important species of coral, helping to fight increasing threats that they say will lead to the species being "functional extinct" within decades. Scientists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) lead the project, which has identified 10 coral species in most urgent risk of becoming...

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2011-01-05 12:24:55

An expert said Wednesday that Australia's spectacular Great Barrier Reef is under threat from massive floods swamping the country's northeast, which are pouring harmful debris and sediment into the sea. Michelle Devlin said that the full impact of the floods is not yet known, but the influx will stress the colorful corals. "This does impact on the reef. It just impacts on the reef's resilience so you get very stressed corals, you get stressed sea grass," Devlin, a researcher at James Cook...

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2010-12-11 07:45:00

Hawai"Ëœi Institute of Marine Biology Celebrates its Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership Last week, managers from the 43 marine sites on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met in Hawai"Ëœi to explore ways of strengthening marine conservation. This engagement also coincided with the official inscription ceremony for the new...

2010-12-10 00:00:37

Canadians and other foreign nationals buying homes in Cape Coral and Southwest Florida now have a free and powerful resource to help them avoid any present and future problems with their American real estate purchase. AskZenRealEstate.com is offering a free consult to its international home buyers with an American real estate attorney experienced with internationals buying real estate in Southwest Florida. Cape Coral, FL (Vocus) December 8, 2010 Robin Speronis, founder of...

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2010-12-05 07:05:00

The world's oceans are facing far-reaching implications for its marine biodiversity and food security, due to changes in their chemistries not seen in more than sixty million years, according to a new study released by the United Nations on Thursday. "Environmental Consequences of Ocean Acidification," published by the UN Environmental Program (UNEP), warns that some sea organisms including coral and shellfish will have an increasingly difficult time surviving, as acidification shrinks the...


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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