Scientists find 10 new coral species in Hawaii

August 21, 2010 By AUDREY McAVOY , Associated Press Writer
Coral Reefs

(AP) -- Scientists returning from a 30-day research expedition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands found what they believe are 10 new species of coral.

Researchers returned to Oahu on Friday from the remote string of atolls that make up the largest conservation area in the country, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

They found the species during a series of dives from Nihoa Island in the south to Kure Atoll in the north.

More than half were found at deep water more than 150 feet below the surface of the .

Scientists plan to analyze the specimens they gathered to verify they're species that haven't been identified before.

Explore further: Hawaii researchers explore previously unseen coral

0 shares

Related Stories

New species of coral, sponges found near Hawaii

December 15, 2009

(AP) -- New and dramatic species of coral and sponges have been found in the Pacific during deep sea dives near the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, scientists said Monday.

U.S. creates Hawaiian Marine Reserve

June 16, 2006

U.S. President George W. Bush has designated the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands a national monument, making it the world's largest protected marine reserve.

Recommended for you

Tiny protein coiled coils that self-assemble into cages

October 17, 2017

(Phys.org)—A large team of researchers with members from Slovenia, the U.K, Serbia, France and Spain has developed a technique that causes proteins to self-assemble into geometric shapes on demand. In their paper published ...

The importance of asymmetry in bacteria

October 17, 2017

New research published in Nature Microbiology has highlighted a protein that functions as a membrane vacuum cleaner and which could be a potential new target for antibiotics.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.