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Posted Sat Aug 7 2010: from LiveScience:
Rare Coral Discovered in Pacific Ocean
What could be the world's rarest coral has been discovered in the remote North Pacific Ocean. The Pacific elkhorn coral (Acropora rotumana) - with branches like an elk's antlers - was found during an underwater survey of the Arno atoll in the Marshall Islands. Corals are tiny creatures that live in skeleton-covered colonies, creating the illusion that a coral community is one single organism. This newfound coral colony may be the first time this species has been spotted in more than 100 years, according to researchers at the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) in Queensland, Australia.
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