Corals’ hidden genetic diversity corresponds to distinct lifestyles

Stony corals that build reefs have been hiding their diversity in plain sight. A genetic analysis of the most widespread reef coral in the Indo-Pacific revealed that rather than being a single species (Pachyseris speciosa), it was actually four distinct species of coral, researchers report April 2 in Current Biology.

Coral reefs are the condominiums of ocean biodiversity, supporting more species per square meter than any other marine habitat. Understanding which coral species foster that biodiversity and how those corals behave is vital to taking care of them, especially as a warming climate threatens overall ocean biodiversity (SN: 5/6/20). “Just knowing what’s there is critical to tracking what we

→ Continue reading at Science News

More from author

Related posts

Advertisment

Latest posts

PG&E Admits it Broke 2020 Promise to Fully Inspect 50K Poles in High Fire Risk Zones

INVESTIGATIVE PG&E Admits it Broke 2020 Promise to Fully Inspect 50K...

AI (Artificial Intelligence): How Non-Tech Firms Can Benefit

Even though AI continues to thrive and grow, there remain challenges to use the technology. Just some include finding data scientists, determining the right...

Solana, a blockchain platform followed by top crypto investors, says it’s far faster than Ethereum

Solana isn’t widely known yet outside of the crypto community. But insiders think the blockchain platform is interesting for a wide variety of reasons,...