New Coral Discovered In Red Sea

by | Aug 18, 2014 | Corals, Science | 0 comments

coral saudiI was fortunate enough to spend several years working as a marine biologist in the Red Sea off the Coast of Saudi Arabia. During my frequent dive trips, I had always hoped of discovering a new coral species. Alas, it looks like someone, well actually some scientists, have beat me to it. saudi coral 2Scientists have just discovered a new hard coral species, Pachyseris inattesa, in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea. The discovery is the latest in the ‘Biodiversity in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea Project. This project started in 2012 with the goal of understanding the diversity in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea.Perhaps I will make it back to Saudi Arabia for the next discovery. Goes to show you there is plenty more to be discovered in our Oceans.

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


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