A new coral species, Psammogorgia hookeri, has been collected by scuba divers from rocky ledges at depths to 25 meters in Peru’s Paracas National Reserve:
“This new species may be found nowhere else in the world,” said Hector Guzman, marine biologist at STRI. “But coral reefs and coral communities in Peru have never been systematically studied. We expect more surprises as we look at new collections.”
Bubble Coral Shrimp
Staghorn Hermit Crabs enjoying life in their snail shells.
Snail shells gone horribly wrong!
They’ve been smothered by Staghorn Hydrocorals which encrust the shell, cover it entirely and then erode it and replace it with their own calcified skeleton.
They also send up those towering pillars to proclaim their ghastly victory
Images: Sanchez, Carlos/SaraAllyn
These lovely watercolor sketches are of Trapezia crabs. These crabs have a variety of coloring and live on and within corals, feeding on their tissue and mucus, and, in exchange, protect them from predators such as starfish.
These watercolors were done by Frederick Bayer, a Smithsonian biologist who studied a coral reef before and after it was used for nuclear testing! The water heated to 55,000 degrees Celsius after a nuke was dropped on it, obliterating all wildlife. Bayer made
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