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Digging deeper into the chemical armament of SPS corals

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A new study has isolated the first identified toxin specific to stony corals as well as discovered many interesting characteristics of coral toxicity.

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Reimagining eggcrates: Innovative Marine's SnappGrid

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Eggcrates are very useful in aquariums as frag holders and tank dividers. Innovative Marine has created a better eggcrate system that allows aquarists to quickly and securely create customized solutions via a locking, modular design.

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Anemone eats bird

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We all know anemones can ensnare fishes, crabs, shrimps, snails, and most any organism that ventures too close to their deadly tentacles. But birds? There's actually footage and scientific documentation of this phenomenon.

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Crenicichla ploegi: A new pike cichlid

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Crenicichla ploegi is the newest species of pike cichlids from Brazil. C. ploegi is the twenty-third described species that is part of the C. saxatilis group (AKA "spangled pike").

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Brittle stars are covered with thousands of light sensors

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Have you ever wondered how brittle stars hide from light without eyes? Scientists have now discovered the mechanism for their eyeless "vision": The skin on the arms and bodies of brittle stars are covered with thousands of photoreceptors.

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Plastics linked to coral diseases

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A new research has found a clear link between contact with plastics and the prevalence of coral diseases. Corals in contact with plastic were over twenty-two times (yes, 22x) more likely to suffer from infectious diseases!

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Coral deathmatches

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We often think of reefs as bustling, harmonious gardens of beautiful sealife, but they are highly competitive arenas where corals are constantly vying with their neighbors for real estate dominance. Watch as corals battle each other with mesenterial filaments packed with nematocysts (stinging cells).

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The world's rarest fish discovered at a new (secret) site

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The Red Handfish (a close cousin of frogfish) is believed to the world's rarest fish, previously only known from a tiny population of 20-40 individuals. To scientists surprise and delight, a new population was found at a new Tasmanian reef site and is being kept secret to protect this critically endangered species.

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Man steals fishes from LFS ... by stuffing them down his pants

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A man and a woman enter a Pet Safari (Cleawater, FL) with a conspiracy to steal Blue Acaras and German Blue Rams. The thief made off with a bag of stolen fish by concealing it in his pants.

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This is a real reef crab!

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The world's oceans are filled with wonderfully strange animals! This is Takedactylus compressus, a new species of reef crab discovered at the Bonin (AKA Ogasawara) Islands east of Okinawa, Japan.

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By assimiliating with local fish, immigrant fish increase their survival

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As global ocean temps continue to rise, tropical fish are expanding their range. A new study finds that fish that assimilate with local fish by forming mixed shoals fared much better than fish that stuck to their own species in their new homes.

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Deepwater jewels! Lipogramma schrieri and L. barrettorum

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"Mercy in Her Beauty, Or, The Height of a Deliverance from the Depth." Two new, incredibly gorgeous basslets have been discovered in the uber deep waters of the Caribbean.

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Three new Melanorivulus killifish species from Brazil

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Three new species of killfish are described from Cerrado savannas of central Brazil, a lush tropical region renowned for its biological diversity: Melanorivulus proximus, M. nigromarginatus, and M. linearis.

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Tetrapod plugs can dramatically improve coral outplanting

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A recent research concluded that instead of trying to affix large coral frags directly to reef substrate, using tetrapod plugs seeded with sexually propagated corals doubled the survival rates and resulted in a whopping 5 to 18 fold reduction in outplanting costs.

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Emotional states discovered in fish

By Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia on Jan 12, 2018 at 09:00 AM

The occurrence of emotions in animals has been under debate. Now, a research collaborative has demonstrated for the first time that fish have emotional states triggered by the way they perceive environmental stimuli. This study, published in Scientific Reports, reveals that the ability to assess emotional stimuli may have a simpler neurological basis than expected, which was conserved throughout animal evolution.

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