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.