CORAL New Issue “SURVIVAL STRATEGIES” Inside Look
05 Mar, 2021
Cover of CORAL Magazine Volume 18, Issue 2 – SURVIVAL STRATEGIES – March/April 2021. On the cover: Stonogobiops xanthorhinicus (Yellownose Shrimp Gobies) with Alpheus randalli (Randall’s Snapping Shrimp). David Fleetham/Oceanwide Images. Yellow Fungia sp. coral (background): Tyler Fox/Shutterstock.
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HEREWITH, a sampling of articles and opening pages for readers curious about what the issue brings. Table of Contents for the March/April 2021 issue of CORAL Magazine. You can view this TOC online. “As this issue’s cover articles illustrate, the webs of life on and around a coral reef are almost unfathomably complex. And so, we turn to the work of several long-time friends whose writing and photography have, over the years, helped us demystify reef animal behaviors. We are especially grateful to be able to present part of the enduring legacy of a departed friend, Denise Nielsen Tackett, the epitome of a citizen scientist…” – James Lawrence, Editor & Publisher, introducing this issue. REEF NEWS presents findings and happenings of note in the marine world. In this issue: Oceanic Shark Populations Plummeting; Hawaii’s Aquarium Fishery is Shuttered, Awaiting Review; How Do Clownfishes React to Encounters with Humans on the Coral Reef? REEF VISIONS: A portfolio of extraordinary reef life spotted in the current aquarium trade. Quality Marine and photographer Nick Neumann steal the opening spot with this tremendous look at an Open Brain Coral, Trachyphyllia geoffroyi. Understand the complex relationships of life on the reef in Survival Strategies: Reef Symbiosis, Commensalism, Mutualism, and Parasitism—an updated 2021 adaptation from Reef Life: Natural History and Behaviors of Marine Fishes and Invertebrates by Denise Nielsen Tackett (1947-2015) and Larry P. Tackett (Microcosm/TFH). Author Scott W. Michael pens a 28-page tell-all in Holey Matrimony, the story of the shrimp gobies and their partners in life (and in your aquariums). It’s sure to become a must-have handbook for any enthusiast considering keeping these fishes and their crustacean burrow-mates in their aquariums. Chance encounters and seemingly small things can sometimes have major consequences in life. This is the story of a freshwater hobbyist meeting Chelmon rostratus (the Copperband Butterflyfish) for the first time: Butterfly Effect Reef and the German reef aquarium of Thomas Brand is our Aquarium Portrait. The Long-tentacle Plate Coral, Heliofungia actiniformis, gets a deep-dive examination in this issue’s Species Spotlight! You won’t want to miss the biotope/ habitat photo that shows how these corals grow in the wild! Daniel Knop and the CORAL staff will bring your reef tank out of the darkness with an open-minded approach to reefscaping that that incorporates strategically placed circulation pumps to help eliminate particulate organic matter from your reef tank. See the tips and tricks in our Reefkeeping 101 column. Invertebrate Zoologist Ronald L. Shimek, Ph.D. presents a look at the shrimps that produce a shockwave able to break glass and flashes of light hotter than the surface of the sun! How do they do this? Read What’s it all about, Apheidae? in this issue. “Tactics, in some cases, is just another word for deceit,” writes Koralle Editor-in-Chief Daniel Knop. “No fish knows that better than the Mimic or Piano Fangblenny, Plagiotremus tapeinosoma…” What sinister plans has this fish crafted? You’ll have to read Knop’s Letter from Europe, where all is revealed.
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