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Hybrid Elkhorn and Staghorn Acropora in Urban Waters

By Leonard Ho - Posted Nov 30, 2011 08:00 AM
Colin Foord (of Coral Morphologic) gives a TEDxMIA talk titled: "A Hybrid Future - The Corals of Miami." In his talk, he describes a super-hardy, naturally-occuring hybrid of Acropora cervicornis and A.palmata found in the urban waterways of Miami.

Miami's waterways aren't exactly known for being pristine, yet some corals can still survive here.  Colin Foord (a marine biologist and artist educated at the University of Miami and James Cook University, Australia) talks about the most robust coral that inhabit these urban seas - a hybrid between the only two Atlantic Acroporids: Acropora cervicornis and A.palmata - and how the new Acroporid may be key in saving Miami's coral reefs.  This hybridization is evolutionary biology and diversification in action.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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