Urban Coral are Adapting Surprising Well!

A very interesting paper from Coral Morphologic, written by Colin Foord and J.D. McKay came out recently. Coral Morphologic is well known for bringing the spot light on corals through arts and webcam for more than a decade now. But…

Ridged Cactus Coral Spawned And Settled At The Florida Aquarium

Ridged Cactus Coral Researchers at the Florida Aquarium have just added a new Caribbean coral to their captive spawning list. Mycetophyllia lamarkiana, the ridged cactus coral has successfully produced coral larvae, and more than 350 little baby corals are now…

Mystery Corals of the Caribbean: Porites

Now, this is a question I must ask my most serious coral loving colleagues. How to tell the difference between all these Porites corals? *Looking to solve the mystery scroll to the bottom for Mystery corals, first is a description…

Up Close And Personal With Caribbean Coral Macro Photography

Caribbean Coral Macro Photography It’s easy to swim right past coral colonies while scuba diving. Perhaps you notice their shape or stature, but few divers will get up close and personal and start observing corals at a macro level. Depending…

Magnificent Elkhorn Coral Habitat, Gardens of the Queen, Cuba

Acropora palmata, the Elkhorn Coral, is the king of all Caribbean Coral Reef species. Acropora palmata grows into thick robust branches and is the most important reef-building species in the Caribbean. Acropora palmata was once a dominant species in the Caribbean but unfortunately, there has…

Scolymia Coral Spotting in the Gardens of the Queen, Cuba

Scolymia Coral Spotting Scolymia is a large polyp coral species that lives a solitary life. There are two species of Caribbean Scolymia, the larger Scolymia lacera, and smaller Scolymia cubensis and you can learn to identify both by clicking the links above. While…

Coral Restoration Foundation Massive Caribbean Coral Gene Bank

Coral Gene Bank The Coral Restoration Foundation™ is building a massive Caribbean coral gene bank along the coasts of southern Florida. The underwater haven for corals currently holds 303 coral genotypes across 10 species, including the massive reef-building corals Orbicella faveolata,…

Caribbean Undaria Corals Official Reclassified As Agaricia

Undaria No More The debate between where to classify the Caribbean plating lettuce corals has been solved, at least for the time being! Agaricia previously Undaria, previously Agaricia, is now once again being classified under the genus Agaricia. A statement…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Solenastrea bournoni

Solenastrea bournoni Solenastrea bournoni is a somewhat uncommon coral, although it can be abundant in certain habitats. To find this coral you will need to look in shallow reef lagoons, often with murky waters, sandy bottoms, or seagrass beds. There are two…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Siderastrea radians

Siderastrea radians Siderastrea is a common boulder type Caribbean coral, but to spot the lesser-known species, Siderastrea radians requires a shallow dive and a keen eye. Siderastrea radians grows into small round boulders or domes, compared to its massive relative, the Siderastrea siderea. The simple…