New Species At Bali

Date: 1/8/2011

A marine survey in Indonesia discovered eight new species of fish and one new species of coral on Bali reefs. Among the new species: two types of cardinalfish, two varieties of dottybacks, a garden eel, a sand perch, a fang blenny, a new species of goby and an Euphyllia bubble coral. The coral reefs were recovering from bleaching, destructive fishing and crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks. While there’s a seven-to-one ratio of live to dead coral, the big reef fish were severely depleted. In more than 350 hours of diving, only three reef sharks and three Napoleon wrasse were observed.

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