Reef Coral Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas : Including Marine Plants
New World Publications, Jan 1, 2002 - Nature - 278 pages
You know the fishes and can identify the reef critters, but what about the animals that actually form a coral reef? Existing in an abundance of colours and intriguing shapes, these animals are worth a closer look. 530 classic photographs of living specimens and the most current scientific classifications help identify virtually every species of stony coral, gorgonian, fire coral and black coral inhabiting the tropical western Atlantic. This new 2nd edition includes a comprehensive photo-essay of coral diseases and predation and a photo gallery on coral reproduction. If you want to know more about marine plants, this book has got them, too; an appendix with descriptions and photos of 100 species of marine plants is included. Improved flexibinding with plastic covers allows book to lie flat.
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Appendix n Coral Health and Mortality
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ABUNDANCE & DISTRIBUTION back reef Bahamas Bearded Fireworm Black Coral blades bleaching Boulder Star Coral Brain Coral bushy Cactus Coral calyces Caribbean Chlorophyta Chlorophyta Green Algae Colonies form Colony height color Common South Florida Common to occasional continued from previous Coral Colony coral diseases coral reefs corallites Cup Coral DEPTH edges encrusting Faviina FAMILY feet Finger Coral Fire Coral genus gorgonians gray Green Algae grow HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Holaxonia FAMILY Inhabit most reef ledge overhangs Lettuce Coral magnified examination NOTE Occasional Florida Occasional South Florida orange patch reefs PHYLUM Pictured specimen Polyp detail polyps extended polyps retracted positive identification requires reef environments ridges rocky substrates Sargassum Sea Fan Sea Plume Sea Rod Sea Whip septa Sheet Coral similar single planes skeleton smooth species sponge Staghorn Coral stalks Star Coral stony corals structure SUBORDER surface tentacles thin tissue valleys VISUAL ID visual identification confirmed yellow yellow-brown zooxanthellae