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Genetic Research Reveals Hidden Diversity of Coral More Important for Conservation Than Previously Thought – SciTechDaily

Researchers say that our framework for classifying coral species needs to be expanded to capture ecological diversity and protect reef environments. In recent years,…

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Researchers Pim Bongaerts and Norbert Englebert on a collection dive. Credit: © David Whillas
Researchers say that our framework for classifying coral species needs to be expanded to capture ecological diversity and protect reef environments.
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…

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