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

The new species Echinophyllia tarae is described from the remote and poorly studied Gambier Islands, French Polynesia.

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

Isolated in the middle of the ocean, Pacific islands rely closely on fishing for their economy and food security.

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

Climate change, unsustainable fishing, and pollution are serious threats facing coral reefs, and now, a multidisciplinary series of studies is being conducted to understand the underlying processes.

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

A new study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology reveals corals may let certain bacteria get under its skin.

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

Many biological processes have their roots in the very earliest stages of life’s evolutionary tree, and new research indicates that part of our immune system may come from coral-like ancestors.

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

A contentious debate is stirring in the Aloha State between fishermen and those looking to preserve species living in the regions’ coral reefs.

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

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.

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

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.

2013-06-08 23:02:46

Changing Seas, an Emmy award-winning WPBT2 original series, premieres four exciting new episodes in primetime this June.

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

The corals 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.


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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