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Hidden diversity of coral more important for conservation than previously thought: Researchers say that our framework for classifying coral species needs to be expanded to capture ecological diversity and protect reef environments – Science Daily

Researchers say that our framework for classifying coral species needs to be expanded to capture ecological diversity and protect reef environments after discovering…

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In recent years, advancements in DNA sequencing have exposed a large amount of hidden diversity in reef-building corals: species that appear identical to one another but are genetically distinct. Typically ignored as they are invisible to the naked eye, a team of researchers at the California Academy of Sciences and The University of Queensland, along with over a dozen international collaborators, is taking a more holistic approach to understand these hidden species by investigating overlooked ecological…

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