CFT 3: Introduction to corals
Part of the Coral Finder Toolkit Training Movie Series
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Contents: why should we care about corals? - corals as keystones - threats and risks - lack of coral identification capacity - the Coral Finder Toolkit - genus vs species - unique characteristics - the genus as a natural learning group - role of genus level information in assessing reef health and status - ”seeing the species”, the road to species level identification - an introduction to corals - what is a hard coral? - polyps - skeleton - six fold symmetry - coral anatomy and the glossary page of the Coral Finder - the bridge between underwater and topside coral world - the terms you need to know - the polyp’s tissue and skeleton - terms associated with the polyp’s tissue - terms associated with the coral skeleton - exceptions to the rule - role of ornament - using the Coral Finder’s terms to uniquely describe a coral genus - recognising and ignoring the exception’s to the rule - bringing it all together - overcoming variation with environment - towards species identification - terminology primer at the Coral Hub.