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Acropora Table Coral. Photo credit: Tim Nicholson.

Creature of the Month: Table Coral, Acropora species

Table coral has a short, stout stem attached by a spreading base. Branches arise from the top of the stem and spread in a...

Rare Algae Saves Caribbean Coral

A rare opportunity has allowed a team of scientists to evaluate corals--and the essential, photosynthetic algae that live inside their cells--before, during, and after...

Reef Search Finds Hundreds of New Species

Hundreds of new kinds of animal species surprised international researchers systematically exploring waters off two islands on the Great Barrier Reef and a reef...

Red Grouper create home for many animals

Researchers from Florida State University have found that Red Grouper (Epinephelus morio) dig out and maintain complex structures at the bottom of the sea....
Coral Reef

Scientists Reveal New Technique to Monitor Coral Reef ‘Vital Signs’

With the world’s coral reefs threatened by coastal development, pollution, rising sea temperatures and other factors, scientists have developed a new method to monitor the health of these underwater ecosystems.

Madagascar Coral Reef Massively Damaged

A new survey of reefs along Madagascar's southwestern coast found massive damage from coral bleaching, including some reefs that lost up to 99 percent...

Red Sea Coral can Survive Climate Change, but not Sewage and Excess Nutrients

Over the last 30 years, half of the world's coral reefs have suffered significant damage due to climate change and acidification. The last three...
Sea Fan

How do Corals form new Species?

How do corals evolve into separate species when their larvae can drift around the ocean over extremely long distances?
Bullethead Parrotfish, Chlorurus sordidus

Fish mucous cocoons: the mosquito nets of the sea

Researchers have found that fish have developed their own mosquito nets in order to get a good night's sleep.

Most Corals Can’t Survive Global Warming

Many corals rely on their symbiotic algae for survival. Under stress (such as higher temperatures) these algae are expelled, resulting in coral bleaching. It...