We focus on hard corals
for they literally form the backbone of the world's reefs," said Reef Check trainer Eznairah-Jeung Narida.
He said while there was a return of hard coral
cover at some reefs, major disturbances?such as crown-of-thorns starfish?outbreaks, cyclones, and?coral?bleaching events in the past five years had caused a general decline in coral cover across much of the 2300km reef system, which runs along Australias East coast.?
Effects of high dissolved inorganic and organic carbon availability on the physiology of the hard coral
Acropora millepora from the Great Barrier Reef.
4) Mixed communities containing diverse and seasonal brown macro-algae populations and sparse but numerous colonies of poritid and faviid hard corals
At least 413 species of hard coral
live here, making the coral community in Kimbe Bay one of the most diverse of any single location in the world.
It is also home to coral reef and identified as a hotspot of coral, with more than 30 species of hard coral
and eight species of soft coral identified here.
Boat anchors and uncaring visitors stepping on hard coral
To eat the hard coral
, the starfish has an extrudable stomach that wraps around the coral and ingests it.
Two dives will be conducted each day at the Al Dhabiyah shore where the depth is about ten metres in the hard coral
coerulea is its blue, hard, crystalline aragonite skeleton, because Heliopora is more closely related to soft coral species (Octocorallia) than to hard coral
Cameron, "Larvotoxic extracts of the hard coral
Goniopora tenuidens: allelochemicals that limit settlement of potential competitors?" Toxicon, vol.
A total of 41 hard coral
species were found at the sampled sites and coral cover varied from 42.2 to 1.5 % (Appendix 4a) and the species number varied from six to twenty five.