On this day, October 12th, ( 4 years ago )
the discovery described below was first reported in the news.
Scientists Discover New Cave-Dwelling Corals In the Indo-Pacific
Marine zoologists studying marine biodiversity in the Indo-Pacific were
to discover a new species of coral thriving on the ceilings of caves in the
part of which overlaps the Coral Sea. The corals discovered were devoid of
"zooxanthellae" (alga that depend on sunlight to exist) that common reef
coexist with to survive.
This factor led scientists to make a connection instead with the species
a deep-dwelling coral that is found in the “twilight zone”, a depth of the
where very little sunlight penetrates. With typical reef corals, if ocean
rise by just a few degrees, the zooxanthellae will vacate coral polyps,
coral death in what is widely known as bleaching. However, the absence of
alga is not a detriment to these cave-dwelling species; the corals, though
have adapted to survive without them, and are flourishing within these
The new species has been named Leptoseris troglodyta, the latter half of
is derived from ancient Greek, meaning “one who dwells in holes.”
I assume they made the discovery prior to Oct. 12th.
Ref. The Daily Reel
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