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Predator fish pose a bigger threat to young coral than we thought – Futurity: Research News

Predators like parrotfish and pufferfish pose much more of a threat to young coral than previously believed.

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Young corals are more vulnerable to predators like pufferfish and parrotfish than previously believed, a new study shows.
The finding holds true whether a coral colony finds itself alone on the reef or surrounded by others of its kind.
You might not think an animal made out of stone would have much to worry about in the way of predators, and that’s largely what scientists had thought about coral.
“I think it just turns out that this coral is so tasty that predators simply mowed everything down.”

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