Rise of a new reef coral species on Curaçao

A presumably invasive coral species that was discovered on the reefs around Curaçao is not invasive after all. The coral is in fact a native species that normally resides in deeper water, but has migrated to more shallow waters. That is the conclusion of scientists of Naturalis Biodiversity Center at Leiden, The Netherlands, and CARMABI Research Station at Curaçao. 

Article originally published in BioNews 30

More Information: Hoeksema, B.W., A.F. Hiemstra, and M. J. A. Vermeij. (2019). The rise of a native sun coral species on southern Caribbean coral reefs. Ecosphere 10(11):e02942. 10.1002/ecs2.2942

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