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The Shape of Corals is Linked to How they Feed

It’s been over 20 years since I started culturing corals in the ocean and in dedicated aquariums. I always believed that the shape of a corals was mainly determined by trying to expose as much surface to light while withstanding…

Coral mucus impacts microbes in waters surrounding them

Have you ever noticed your corals covered in mucus and wondered, what’s up with the slime? New research suggests that corals selectively remove and promote the growth of diverse picoplankton (planktonic bacteria and archaea) communities living in coral mucus, and that…

Coral rolloliths can occur in really unexpected species

We tend to think of most corals as being stationary, one-sided colonies of creatures but in some habitats, an abundance of corals occur as living tumbleweeds. When colonial corals occur as unattached rolling living rocks they are called ‘rolloliths’ – while…

Porites coral dominates certain zones of Marshall Island reefs

Porites is among one of the first coral groups the budding stony coral reefers learn to identify but as recognizable as this genus is, Porites is much more ubiquitous on wild reefs than it is in our aquariums. Around the world Porites corals…