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New Coral Reef Species Discovered In The Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
2013-07-26 11:29:44

Pensoft Publishers The new species Echinophyllia tarae is described from the remote and poorly studied Gambier Islands, French Polynesia. Although the new species is common in the lagoon of Gambier Islands, its occurrence elsewhere is unknown. Echinophyllia tarae lives in protected reef habitats and was observed between 5 and 20 m depth. It is a zooxanthellate species which commonly grows on dead coral fragments, which are also covered by crustose coralline algae and fleshy macroalgae....

Food Security Of Pacific Islands Threatened By Climate
2013-07-23 12:35:37

AlphaGalileo Foundation Isolated in the middle of the ocean, Pacific islands rely closely on fishing for their economy and food security. But global warming could considerably reduce their accessible fish resources over the coming decades. This is what has been revealed in the journal Nature Climate Change, a study by the IRD, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and their French, Australian and American partners. According to IPCC climate forecasts, the quantity of coral reef...

Expedition Will Investigate Microbial Dynamics Of Coral Reef Robustness And Decline
2013-07-17 07:41:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Climate change, unsustainable fishing, and pollution are serious threats facing coral reefs. A multidisciplinary series of studies is being conducted to understand the underlying processes. The researchers are investigating variability in coral reef community structure and microbial dynamics across gradients of natural and anthropogenic stress. The results of the "Line Islands Collection - Microbial dynamics of coral reef robustness...

Bacterial Communities Found Living Deep Inside Corals
2013-07-09 06:50:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) reveals corals may let certain bacteria get under their skin. The study, soon to be published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, offers the first direct evidence that Stylophora pistillata, a species of reef-building coral found throughout the Indian and west Pacific Oceans, harbors...

Our Immune Defenses Originated In Corals 070113
2013-07-01 12:01:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many biological processes have their roots in the very earliest stages of life's evolutionary tree, and new research in the journal BMC Genomics indicates that part of our immune system comes from coral-like ancestors. According to the study, molecular biologists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) have found genes in Acropora, or staghorn, corals which are responsible for a quick, strong immune response to...

Scuba Fishing Ban To Preserve Hawaii's Vulnerable Species
2013-07-01 10:57:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A contentious debate is stirring in the Aloha State between fishermen and those looking to preserve species living in the regions' coral reefs. Hawaii's Board of Land and Natural Resources recently voted to ban spear fishing with scuba gear off the west coast of the state's main island as well as the collection of 40 different species for aquariums. The regulations were approved 4-2 after six hours of hearings. According to...

If Carbon Emissions Aren't Reduced Now, Coral Reefs Will Die
2013-06-28 15:24:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study found that in order to prevent coral reefs from dying off, nations need to work hard to drop carbon dioxide emission levels. 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. Coral reefs are havens for marine biodiversity and underpin the economies of...

Ocean Springs Indicate Coral Response To Acidification
2013-06-18 10:29:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focused on corals growing where submarine springs naturally lower the pH of seawater. The findings of this study are the first to show corals are not able to...

2013-06-08 23:02:46

Changing Seas, an Emmy award-winning WPBT2 original series, premieres four exciting new episodes in primetime this June. This season viewers will explore the deep blue as never before, visiting some of our most exotic locales to date. Miami, FL (PRWEB) June 08, 2013 Changing Seas, an Emmy award-winning WPBT2 original series, premieres four exciting new episodes in primetime this June. This season viewers will explore the deep blue as never before, visiting some of our most exotic locales to...

Coral Recovery In Light Of Cyclone Yasi Shows Promise
2013-06-07 08:52:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The coral 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 new study from the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) shows that large numbers of coral larvae replenished the reefs within nine months of the cyclone. The findings, published in PLoS ONE, provide fresh hope for the ability of...


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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