Angel Fish Help In Conservation of Caribbean Reefs

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In this interesting article posted by +National Geographic,  new Research by Shedd Aquarium’s Dr. Tse-Lynn Loh is explained.  The research focuses on a previously ignored area of research – the threat to the coral reef systems in the Caribbean posed by sponges.

Sponges suffocate coral, as is shown in the picture below where 3 species of sponge are beginning to overtake a brain coral.  Angel Fish and Parrot Fish eat these fast growing sponges and are therefore integral in controlling their spread.

Dr. Loh has been able to show a link between the overfishing of Angel Fish and Parrot Fish and the smothering of coral by sponges.

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