Learn Coral Identification Basics On Scuba Diver Life

Want to learn the basics of Coral Identification? Check out my author page on the website Scuba Diver Life! For the past few months, I’ve been contributing articles around the web for anyone interested in coral identification. On this website, ReefDivers,…

There’s A Whole Ocean Of Corals Unknown In The Reefing Hobby

The reef aquarium hobby has come such a long way in the last 15 years. During that time we’ve mastered the husbandry and propagation of hundreds of coral species, nearly as many reef fish, and we know more about the…

There’s Still Hope For Caribbean Coral Reefs

Hope For Coral Reefs Globally coral reefs are under threat. Climat change, population growth, and coastal development all pose a greater risk than even to the survival of these critical underwater habitats. But there’s still hope. Scientist in the Caribbean have…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Acropora prolifera

Acropora prolifera  Acropora prolifera is the most unique and perhaps most difficult species of coral to identify in the Caribbean. Acorpora prolifera is a hybrid of Acropora cervicornis and Acropora palmata so it’s difficult to predict just how this coral will…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Porites divaricata

Porites divaricata Porites divaricata is the smallest species of Porites in the Caribbean. Colonies grow into small branched clusters and can be found in a range of habitats and colors. When we first spotted this species we were surprised to…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Porites colonensis

Porites colonensis Porites is one of the most abundant coral in the Caribbean with six described species. Porites colonensis, however, is one of the more elusive of the bunch and you will need a keen eye to identify this unusual species.…

Caribbean Coral Diares: Madracis auretenra

Madracis auretenra Madracis auretenra is a common coral in the Caribbean which until 2007 used to be called Madracis mirabilis. Colonies form dense hemispherical clumps that can be several metres across. The ends of each branch are covered in living tissue but it…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Agaricia tenuifolia

Undaria Agaricia tenuifolia Undaria Agaricia tenuifolia was a coral that was never on my radar until I visited Tela Honduras. In Tela, Agaricia covers the top of shallow coral ridges growing like a weed. This coral aggressively competes for space on the reef. The genus Undaria…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Acropora palmata

Acropora palmata Acropora palmata is the king of all Caribbean corals. Acropora palmata grows into thick robust branches and is the most important reef-building species in the Caribbean. Like it’s thinner cousin, Acropora cervicornis, palmata colonies provide complex habitat for juvenile fish. As…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Isophyllastrea rigida

Isophyllastrea rigida Isophyllastrea rigida is a distinct species of coral that forms polygon hemispheres or domes. Although distinct this coral is still uncommon and you will need a keen eye to identify this species. The fleshy ridges are golden brown and the center of…