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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...

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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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2012-04-03 14:51:27

Blue Coral, (Heliopora coerulea), is a species of coral in the Helioporidae family. It is commonly found in shallow coral reefs and is found extensively throughout the Indo-Pacific including the Ryukyu Islands in southwest Japan, the Coral Sea in northeast Australia, and American Samoa. The largest known blue coral colony in the world is off Ishigaki Island of the Yaeyama Islands in southwest Japan. This is the only known Octocoral known to produce a massive skeleton. The skeleton is...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.