Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Snowflakes in Hawaii

The Honolulu Star Bulletin has this story about the invasive snowflake coral (Carijoa riisei) killing colonies of native black coral off the coast of Maui. Though the snowflake coral is so far only attacking black coral at its deepest ocean depths, scientists fear that the invasion will harm Hawaii's black coral market by reducing the establishment of new populations within reach of scuba divers. You may also want to check out this article from a July 2003 issue of the same newspaper. Bonus points to the Star Bulletin for using the scientific name.

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