19 August 2013

Bali - new coral reef species found

Bali has now been immortalized in the name of a new coral reef species found around Padangbai and Candidasa waters in Karangasem regency.

Euphyllia BALIensis species was discovered during a coral reef survey conducted by a group of scientists led by Lyndon Devantier. The survey was part of the Bali maritime quick review program.

The new coral reef species was discovered in 27 meters to 37 meters depth. It is a type of hard coral reef that has the endurance to survive along coastlines with strong ocean current. The Euphyllia Baliensis species can only be found in Bali. After a three months study, it has been confirmed to be a new species. It has unique characteristics. It looks like frangipani flowers. Because it is a strong hard coral, it secures the island well.

Compared to other species of the same euphyllidae genus, E. baliensis has relatively smaller corallites, with an average diameter of three milimeters, shown from its thinner and shorter branches, which are slightly calcified. The species has blunt red and brown tentacles, with a greenish cream base color.

The Bali maritime quick review program has also identified around 406 types of coral reef that live in the waters of Bali, including Nusa Penida. There are dozens more of coral reef species that require further taxonomy analysis.

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