Uncovering the hidden life of ‘dead’ coral reefs

1 Sep 2020
RUbble Biodiversity Samplers (RUBS) deployed in dead rubble habitat on a coral reef in Palau to attract the great diversity of cryptic animals.

‘Dead’ coral rubble can support more animals than live coral, according to University of Queensland researchers trialling a high-tech sampling method.

UQ’s Dr Kenny Wolfe said that reef rubble habitat was often overlooked as desolate, unattractive and ‘dead’, however reef rubble was very much alive.

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