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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

Open Orange Cup Corals (Tubastraea coccinea) encrusting the wreck of the USCGC Duane at night in Key Largo, Florida.
This species is not native to Florida and was likely introduced in the waste of various foreign ships. They thrive in the environment of a shipwreck in the Caribbean an can also be seen on coral reefs - but much less common. Their natural predator - the Wentletrap - has not arrived in the caribbean, so Ornge Cup Corals can grow in most environments without restraint.

· Date: Tue July 11, 2006 · Reference ID: /22006-05-22-11-42-17 · Views: 3937 ·
Keywords: south east florida key largo keys coral reefs wreck artificial usa import encrusted


Roughhead Blenny (Acanthemblemaria aspera)
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