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Scientists Describe Two New Gorgonian Soft Coral Species
2013-11-15 12:50:00

Pensoft Publishers Gorgonians are a type of soft corals easily distinguishable by the complex branching shape, which has also probably inspired their name, coming from the Gorgon Medusa- a creature from the Greek mythology that had hair made of venomous snakes. The existence of Medusa outside myth might be debatable, but gorgonian corals do exist and decorate our ocean with complex patterns and vibrant colors. A recent study in the open access journal Zookeys reveals two new species of...

Unity Between Gorgonian Host And 2 New Barnacle Species
2013-02-27 10:27:23

Pensoft Publishers Two new species of the gorgonian inhabiting barnacles – Conopea saotomensis and Conopea fidelis – have been collected from the area surrounding the historically isolated volcanic islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. The barnacles of this genus are widely spread across the temperate and tropical oceans, but what makes them special is that they occur exclusively in a symbiotic relationship with a gorgonian or black coral...

Investigating Coral Speciation And Adaptation
2013-02-07 19:34:01

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When Darwin first formed his theory of evolution, he noted how physical isolation due to geographic barriers could result in the development of specialized adaptations. These novel adaptations were then selected and passed on to future generations. Eventually a new species would evolve. While many researchers are focused on how physical barriers and isolation can lead to new species on land, a pair of LSU biologists are more...

Damaged Corals Have A Hard Time Reproducing
2012-12-18 06:32:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from the University at Buffalo reveals that coral colonies in the Bahamas that have suffered tissue damage were still producing low numbers of eggs four years after the initial injuries. The study, recently published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, showed that tiny sperm-producing factories called spermaries were in short supply as well. UB geology professor Howard Lasker, PhD led the study on...

Atlantic Ocean Gets Hit With Invasive Brittle Star Species
2012-08-20 12:37:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The appearance and ecology of Atlantic coral reef habitats could be altered by yellow brittle star A study co-written by Dr. Gordon Hendler of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) about an invasive species of brittle star, Ophiothela mirabilis, has been published online in Coral Reefs, the Journal of the International Society for Reef Studies. Growing populations have established themselves at distant points in...

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2010-05-26 10:14:08

The polyps of the new gorgonia discovered, Tauroprimnoa austasensis and Digitogorgia kuekenthali, in the region of Austasen, in the Eastern Weddell Sea, and to the south-east of the Falklands and Isla Nueve (in Chilean Patagonia) respectively, are small and elongated. Both species stand out for the number, shape and layout of the scales of calcium carbonate that cover the polyps, and for the type of ramification of the colonies. "The Tauroprimnoa are characterized by being colonies in the...

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2008-06-16 06:05:00

DRY TORTUGAS -- Before six hurricanes hit mainland Florida in 2004 and 2005, they first wreaked havoc on the Florida Keys' far western islands known as the Dry Tortugas. Fort Jefferson, the lone man-made structure at the remote outpost, survived with minimal damage. But under the sea, large sections of the precious coral reef were not so lucky. "The gorgonians, that literally look like a forest, were just blasted to nothing," said Jerry Ault, professor of marine biology and fisheries at...


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Painted Tunicate, Clavelina picta
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Painted Tunicate (Clavelina picta) is a species of sea squirt (tunicate) in the genus Clavelina (known as “little bottles.”). It is found in the waters of Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. It often occurs in large clusters attached to black coral, sponges, and gorgonians. Colonies may contain hundreds of individuals. This animal, like all ascidians, is a sessile filter feeder. It is about 0.75 inches long and comes in a variety of colors, including reds, purples and yellows....

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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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2012-04-03 14:36:01

The Multicolored Sea Fan, (Acabaria rubra), is a species of coral in the family Melithaeidae. It is only found around the South African coast from Bloubergstrand to East London. It is found at depths of 33 to 100 feet in its habitat, which are vertical surfaces on reefs and under overhangs, usually orientated perpendicularly to the water flow. Sea fan colonies grow to about 12 inches high, with branches between branches no more than 0.15 inches in length. It is bushy with thin cylindrical...

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  • A bat.
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