CORAL Magazine New Issue “SPINY WONDERS” Inside Look
21 Feb, 2020
Cover of CORAL Magazine Volume 17, Issue 2 – SPINY WONDERS – March/April 2020. On the cover: Harlequin Shrimp feeding on a sea star. Gary Bell/Oceanwide Images. Background: Fluorescing Ricordea yuma. Werner Fiedler.
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HEREWITH, a sampling of articles and opening pages for readers curious about what the issue will bring.
Table of Contents for the March/April 2020 issue of CORAL Magazine. You can view this TOC online.
“I write this for the 120th edition of KORALLE, the German edition of CORAL, which is now 20 years old and, I hope, still full of the animals, the beauty, and the challenges that inspire us. Happy reading!” – Daniel Knop
CORAL Editor James Lawrence points to a small group of scientists and protectors of the Great Barrier Reef who have set out to create a virtual perpetual ark to save stony corals from potential extinction.
Reef News presents findings and happenings of note in the marine world. In this issue: Coral Biobank Launched: Stockpiling Stony Coral Species for an Uncertain Future; Palatable Plastics: Why Corals Ingest Faux Plankton; To Know Me, Know My Microbes (investigating the role that a coral’s microbial symbionts play in its adaptability).
REEF VISIONS: A portfolio of extraordinary reef life spotted in the current aquarium trade. A stunning maricultured Lemon-Lime Acropora millepora from Bali Aquarium, photographed by Vincent Chalias, ushers in the return of Indonesian corals and leads off this issue’s highlights.
When we think about motile reef invertebrates, the iconic echinoderms quickly come to mind: the sea stars (Asteroidea), the brittle stars (Ophiuroidea), the sea urchins (Echinoidea), the feather stars (Crinoidea), and the sea cucumbers (Holothuroidea).
PENTARADIAL ORIGAMI, by Ronald L. Shimek, Ph.D., unfolds the mysteries of the echinoderms: the five-sided animals we know as starfish, brittle stars, serpent stars, sea urchins, sand dollars, sea cucumbers, and crinoids or feather stars.
Gram for gram, the most notorious hunters in the sea might be the beautiful little Harlequin Shrimps. Matt Pedersen investigates the husbandry and breeding of Hymenocera picta.
Travel with Werner Fiedler to experience wild reef fluorescence on the approximately 50-mile-long (80 km) island of Selayar, Indonesia.
Experience the 450-gallon room divider reef of Matthias Kraus in this issue’s AQUARIUM PORTRAIT.
The Multicolor Angelfish, Centropyge mutlicolor, is perhaps the most affordable of the deepwater pygmy angels available in the reef aquarium hobby. Daniel Knop shares techniques to be successful with an angelfish that isn’t necessarily suited for the beginner.
Hybrid Lighting may just be the ideal solution for lighting some reef aquariums, because it capitalizes on the unique benefits of both LED and T5 fluorescent aquarium lighting. Learn more in Daniel Knop’s REEFKEEPING 101 column.
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After 20 months of closure, coral farmers and exporters in Indonesia have finally been permitted to deliver a fresh influx of Indonesian corals to the world. Coral farmer Vincent Chalias of Bali Aquarium offers a cautious insight on the uncertain future of Indonesia’s trade in corals for the marine aquarium market.
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About the author
Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.