By Andrea F. Carter
A lesser-known coral found in Cape Cod’s cold waters could offer clues on how the organism can cope with environmental stresses that lead to bleaching.
The Cape’s local coral, Astrangia poculata, is a non-reef-building coral that can thrive in very warm waters or cold New England winter waters. Its range spans from the Caribbean to Cape Cod.
“Talking with people, nine out of 10 don’t know that there is coral on the Cape,” said Loretta M. Roberson, a scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole. Read more …
Caption: Astrangia poculata, a coral found in local waters, growing at the Marine Biological Laboratory. Credit: Andrea Carter