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2008-09-19 09:00:20

By Kristen Gelineau Associated Press SYDNEY, Australia -- Marine scientists have discovered hundreds of new animal species on reefs in Australian waters, including brilliant soft corals and tiny crustaceans, according to findings released Thursday. The creatures were found during expeditions run by the Australian chapter of CReefs, a global census of coral reefs that is one of several projects of the Census of Marine Life, an international effort to catalog life in the oceans. "People...

2008-09-19 00:00:11

By Steve Connor Hundreds of new species of marine creatures, from shrimp-like crustaceans to soft-bodied corals, have been discovered by scientists exploring the rich assortment of life inhabiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Among the discoveries were dozens of small crustaceans, a rare insect-like animal with a whip-like back leg three times the length of its body and a jellyfish that floats upside down to dangle its tentacles in the sunlight. About half of the 300 soft corals...

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2008-09-15 09:05:00

CANBERRA, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Australian government will provide an additional 7.5 million dollars (6 million U.S. dollars) to help protect The Great Barrier Reef. The funding comes in addition to the 23 million dollars (18 million U.S. dollars) announced last month for the Reef Rescue program. Environment Minister Peter Garrett said on Sunday it would help to boost efforts to protect the health of the reef. "Particularly as it battles the impacts of a changing climate," he said in a...

2008-08-27 09:00:49

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has joined forces with Leisure Pro, the Internet's largest scuba diving and snorkeling merchant, to raise awareness about the endangered state of our planet's coral reefs. In observance of International Year of the Reef 2008, Leisure Pro is drawing on its extensive customer base to educate the public about reef destruction and the ways CORAL is working to protect coral reefs and the communities that depend on them. To support this unprecedented...

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2008-07-21 14:20:00

No-take marine reserves where fishing is banned can have benefits that extend beyond the exploited fishes they are specifically designed to protect, according to new evidence from Australia's Great Barrier Reef reported in the July 22nd issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. Researchers have found that outbreaks of large, predatory crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci), which can devastate coral reefs, occur less often in protected zones, although they don't yet know...

2008-07-15 18:00:23

By Mary Murtagh IF I get hit by a bus tomorrow I shall die happy. A trip to the Great Barrier Reef does that to you. You feel privileged, glad to have lived and filled with awe for mother nature. Visiting the world's largest coral reef system is like stepping into the pages of National Geographic. I kept expecting to bump in to David Attenborough filming his latest documentary. The superlatives are all deserved. The reef is 1,600 miles long and is in the, aptly-named, Coral Sea off...

2008-06-19 15:00:18

By MARGARET WERTHEIM Brainless, immobile and with only the most primitive nervous systems, coral polyps have built some of the most magnificent structures on our planet. SILENTLY and steadily, a tragedy is unfolding beneath the ocean's waves: Coral reefs around the world are disappearing. According to some projections, there could be few, if any, left by the end of the century. This dire and credible prediction has shocked many marine scientists, who had not realized how close to the...

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2008-03-19 12:05:00

While rabbits continue to ravage Australia's native landscapes, rabbitfish may help save large areas of the Great Barrier Reef from destruction.The reason, say scientists, is the same in both cases "“ both rabbits and rabbitfish are efficient herbivores, capable of stripping an area of vegetation. However, in the case of the Reef, it is the vegetation that is the problem "“ and the rabbitfish, the answer."When a coral reef is weakened or damaged through human activity such as...

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2008-01-14 10:40:00

NEW YORK -- Outbreaks of the notorious crown of thorns starfish now threaten the "coral triangle," the richest center of coral reef biodiversity on Earth, according to recent surveys by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.The starfish "“ a predator that feeds on corals by spreading its stomach over them and using digestive enzymes to liquefy tissue "“ were discovered in large numbers by the researchers in reefs in...

2006-06-22 13:05:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Less than 2 percent of the world's tropical coral reefs are properly protected from illegal fishing, mining or pollution despite government promises of wider safeguards, an international study showed on Thursday. "The figures are depressing," said Camilo Mora, a scientist at Dalhousie University in Canada and lead author of the study, carried out in New Zealand by researchers from seven nations. "Many countries create marine...


Latest Great Barrier Reef Reference Libraries

Short-spined Crown-of-thorns Starfish, Acanthaster brevispinus
2013-08-12 14:37:20

The short-spined crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster brevispinus) is a species of starfish that is classified within the Acanthasteridae family. This species has a large range that includes the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines, and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Because these areas are so far away from one another, the full range of this starfish cannot be known, but it can be said that it resides in a tropical or subtropical environment. It was first discovered by W.K. Fisher, who...

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 14:15:16

Alcyoniidae is a family of leathery corals that occur globally in temperate and tropical seas. These reef dwellers are often found in wave-exposed areas of reef crests, less turbid waters in lagoons, on steep slopes, under overhangs, and at depths of 100 feet and deeper. A colony of leathery coral is stiff, hard, and inflexible. It is composed of tiny polyps projecting from a shared leathery tissue. There are two kinds of polyps seen in Alcyoniidae corals: autozooids have long trunks and...

Elongate Surgeonfish, Acanthurus mata
2012-04-02 17:23:07

The Elongate Surgeonfish, (Acanthurus mata), is a species of tropical fish found in the Indo-Pacific, and can be found as far north as Southern Japan and south to the Great Barrier Reef. Some also live as far west as South Africa and as far east as the Tuamotu Islands. Its main habitat is steep slopes around coral reefs. This is a light blue fish with numerous brown stripes running down the length of the body, although over time it is able to change color to become blue overall. It has a...

Pajama Cardinalfish, Sphaeramia nematoptera
2009-06-19 12:35:41

The Pajama Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera) is a fish that belongs to the Apogonidae family. These fish are a popular aquarium fish. The Pajama Cardinalfish can grow to be a length of 3 inches. The fish has red eyes and broad, dark, vertical "waistband" that is sprinkled with red spots that leads toward the tail. This fish has low vulnerability. Pajama Cardinalfish circulate throughout much of the West Pacific, from Jave to Fiji and from south of the Ryukyu Islands to the Great...

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