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Alexraptor

zooxanthellae in Coraline?

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Alexraptor

I wish i had some pictures, but my camera dosent do to well in the dark.

 

When i was readjusting my new moonlight a couple of nights ago(hydor Aqua color blue spotlight) i happened to swoop across the surface of the LR and noticed glowing patches on alot of places.

 

In the midst of several large patches of coraline algae, there was small areas that actually flouresced(sp?) in pink/purple when the moonlight hit them.

Main lights back on, definatly looks like coraline. so can coraline incorporate zooxanthellae into their structure?

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Mr. Fosi

From what I have read, zooxanthellae are endosymbionts in animals and protozoa only.

 

Coralline algae have chlorophyll, just like many other photoautotrophes. What you are seeing fluoresce is most likely the cholorophyll and other accessory pigments.

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Alexraptor

fascinating, and beutiful, thanks :)

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The Propagator

Once again, Mr. Fosi hit the nail on the head.

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