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Fungia scruposa
2012-04-03 16:04:02

Fungia scruposa is a species of mushroom coral that lives a single individual rather than as a colony. It starts out life as a small disk attached to dead coral or rock, but by the time it reaches about 1 inch in diameter, it becomes detached. The adult has a single polyp that reaches up to 10 inches in diameter. This is the first species of coral that has been observed eating jellyfish....

Precious Coral
2012-04-03 15:42:00

Precious Coral, (Corallium rubrum), also known as red coral, is a species of marine coral found mainly in the Mediterranean Sea, where it grows at depths from 30 to 1000 feet below sea level. Its habitat is typically rocky sea bottom with low sedimentation, and usually in dark environments, such as caverns and crevices. Most of its shallow range has been depleted by harvesting. While mainly...

Discosoma
2012-04-03 15:24:52

Discosoma (or Actinodiscus) is a genus of soft mushroom coral native to the Indian Ocean. This genus is sometimes incorrectly referred to as mushroom anemone or disc anemone. This coral is commonly collected and used worldwide in marine aquariums, where it is known to grow easily. There are 5 known species of mushroom coral: Actinodiscus dawydoffi, Actinodiscus fungiformis, Discosoma...

Ivory Bush Coral
2012-04-03 15:16:30

Ivory Bush Coral, (Oculina varicosa), is a near-threatened species of coral ranging from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina through the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. The main concern for the species lies with those found off the coast of east-central Florida. It is listed as a species of concern with the US National Marine Fisheries Service, which states there is not enough information available to...

Cauliflower Coral
2012-04-03 15:06:11

Cauliflower Coral, (Pocillopora meandrina), is a species of coral found in the East Pacific and the Indo-West Pacific. Its habitat is shallow reefs, protected lagoons and lower reef slopes. Colonies of this coral can be fairly solid and dome-shaped or branching with areas that are either flattened and ridge-like or fine and complex. The colonies are usually covered with wart-like growths...

Multicolored Sea Fan
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,...

Moon Jellyfish
2012-04-03 14:23:18

The Moon Jellyfish*, (Aurelia labiata), is a species of jellyfish in the Ulmaridae family. Its range is mostly confined to the northern Pacific Ocean, stretching from the west coast of California to the eastern coast of Japan. This particular species is larger than its relative, Aurelia aurita, but will often swarm in large numbers with them. This species are fed upon by other species of...

Christmas Shearwater Puffinus nativitatis
2012-04-03 13:55:30

The Christmas Shearwater, (Puffinus nativitatis), is a species of bird found throughout the tropical Central Pacific islands, including the Hawaiian Islands, Tuamotu, the Marshall Islands, Kiritimati and Sala-y-Gómez. It has become locally extinct on a number of islands within its range. During the non-breeding seasons it extends across the Pacific, with some records reaching Mexico and...

Amsterdam Albatross Diomedea amsterdamensis
2012-01-11 16:31:30

Amsterdam Albatross or Amsterdam Island Albatross, (Diomedea amsterdamensis), is a species of albatross belonging to the Diomedeidae family. It was first described in 1983 and was originally believed to be a subspecies of the Wandering Albatross. BirdLife International now recognizes it as a separate species, but it is still considered a subspecies to some. The Amsterdam Albatross breeds...

California Tiger Salamander
2010-07-27 12:40:35

The California Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma californiense, is an amphibian native to Northern California. Once considered to be a subspecies of Tiger Salamander, this specimen was recently designated as a separate species. It is classified as an endangered species in the counties of Sonoma and Santa Barbara. The California Tiger Salamander's habitat is mostly grasslands throughout most of its...

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