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Coral Algae (Symbiodinium) Discovered in Black Corals at Never-seen-before Depths

October 20, 2010

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Scientists at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii examined 14 black coral species collected between 10 and 396 meters from around Hawaii for the presence of algae using molecular and histological (tissue studies) techniques. Surprisingly, 71 percent of the examined species were found to contain algae, even at depths approaching 400 meters. These black corals exhibited very similar traits to those of corals commonly found in shallowwater (use of algae).Full Story

University of Hawaii at Manoa

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