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Fertile corals discovered in deeper waters off U.S. Virgin Islands


July 20, 2015

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In a new study, researchers discovered a threatened coral species that lives in deeper waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands is more fertile than its shallow-water counterparts. The study showed that mountainous star corals (Orbicella faveolata) located at nearly 140 feet deep may produce 1 trillion more eggs per square kilometer than those on shallow reefs. Full Story

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University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

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