By now, you should all be aware of the lionfish invasion of the Atlantic and Caribbean. It is a problem that has now been around for several years, and one that we’ve talked about on more than one occasion. Despite that, it is still a shock to see the devastation that these fish are dishing out on their non-native reefs, and there has been no better visualization that the image posted above. In the image, the dead lionfish is laying side-by-side with what was reportedly removed from its stomach…and the size and number of fish are just mindblowing.
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10″ Lionfish Stomach Contents.
Dec 12, 2013 — Rising water temperatures due to climate change are putting coral reefs in jeopardy, but a surprising discovery by a team of marine biologists suggests that very similar looking coral species differ in how they survive in harsh environments. “We’ve found that previously unrecognized species diversity was hiding some corals’ ability to respond to climate change,” said Iliana Baums, associate professor of biology at Penn State University. A scientific paper describing the team’s discovery will be published in the print edition of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B on 7 February 2014.
Coral reefs protect shorelines from battering hurricanes and generate millions of dollars in recreation revenue each year. They also provide habitat for an abundance of seafood and serve as a discovery ground for new drugs and medicines.
Baums led the international research team, including Jennifer Boulay, a Penn State graduate student; Jorge Cortes, professor at the University of Costa Rica; and Michael Hellberg, associate professor of biological sciences at Louisiana State University. The researchers sampled the lobe coral Porites lobata in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the West Coast of Central America and genetically analyzed the samples to reveal differences among various sample locations. When the scientists analyzed their data they found an unexpected pattern: one that suggested two separate lineages of coral that look deceivingly similar and sometimes live together in the same location. Read the rest here
Blue Hypnea (Hypnea pannosa) is an iridescent blue ornamental algae. Though similar in appearance to Ochtodes sp. algae from the Caribbean, this species originates from Micronesia and has slightly different morphology. Blue Hypnea grows in very dense, matted clumps that loosely anchor to coarse substrates. It is not a particularly fast growing algae so containing its growth is not difficult. We recommend moderate to high, full spectrum lighting for optimum coloration and growth. – ORA
We can’t wait to get our hands on this newest Algae from ORA. It looks like it will give Dragon’s Breath a run for its money as one of the most beautiful species out there for the ornamental aquarium