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NOAA's Coral Kingdom Collection
Catalog of Images

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Southern stingray.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Green moray eel
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Green moray eel
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Green moray eel
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Green moray eel
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Black durgon
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Trumpetfish
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Saucereye porgy (Calamus calamus)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Rock beauty
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Rock beauty
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Squirrel fish
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Squirrel fish
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Schoolmaster snapper (Lutjanus apodus)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Schoolmaster snapper (Lutjanus apodus)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Long-spine porcupine fish (Diodon holocanthus)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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White grunt (Haemulon plumieri)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Bluestriped grunt (Haemulon sciurus)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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French grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Bluestriped grunt (Haemulon sciurus)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Stoplight parrotfish supermale (Sparisoma viride)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Stoplight parrotfish supermale (Sparisoma viride)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Stoplight parrotfish supermale (Sparisoma viride)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Black durgon (Melichthys niger)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Black durgon (Melichthys niger)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Black durgon (Melichthys niger) in center, stoplight parrotfish (Sparisoma viride)in lower right, blue tang (Acanthurus coeruleus) , and parrotfish ( Sparisoma sp.) upper right.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Gray angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Gray angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Queen angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Queen triggerfish (Balistes vetula)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Indigo hamlet (Hypoplectrus indigo)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Anemone
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Red sponge
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Yellow tube sponge
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Yellow tube sponge
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2003
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Sponge biodiversity and morphotypes at the lip the wall site in 60 feet of water . Included are the yellow tube sponge, Aplysina fistularis, the purple vase sponge, Niphates digitalis, the red encrusting sponge, Spiratrella coccinea, and the gray rope sponge, Callyspongia sp.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 23
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Xestospongia muta, the barrel sponge, may live for 100 years and grow to over 6 feet tall. While populations have declined at sites throughout the Caribbean, they appear to be quite healthy on Little Cayman Island.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 23
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Some sponges, like this vase sponge (Callyspongia plicifera), do not host a microbial community that is substantially different from that found in the surrounding water column. Other sponges contain microorganisms that are not commonly found in the water and they are considered bacteriosponges.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 25
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This brown sponge (Agelas conifera) is common on both shallow and deep Caribbean reefs, but grows to enormous proportions on deeper reefs where it can orm long creeping arms extending into the depths.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 25
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The liver sponge, Plakortis sp., produces a series of important chemical compounds that deter predators and have biomedical antimicrobial activity.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 23
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Agelas conifera is a common sponge of the Caribbean over a broad depth gradient. This makes it a great model organism to study phenotypic plasticity.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 23
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Purple sea fan (Gorgonia ventalina)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands
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Several species of gorgonian octocorals occur on deep reefs. Nicella schmitti, shown here, lacks zooxanthellae, but feeds on particulates and small zooplankton that are abundant along walls.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 27
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Plating Agaricids are common down to about 200 ft on the Little Cayman walls, in shallower water they tend to form smaller plates with upright ridges. These differences in morphology may be a mechanism to efficiently gather light for their zooxanthellae.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 27
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One of the more common deep reef corals on the Little Cayman walls are Mycetophyllia sp. since they prefer low light conditions. In fact, on shallow reefs, Mycetophyllia polyps are often retracted during the day.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 27
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Team TZ members conducting a site survey at a depth of 40 feet. The team members are taking notes of what they see along the tape in 10 cm increments and 50 cm on either side of the tape. They recorded all sponges and corals they see which is correlated with position information.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007
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A Hawksbill turtle feeding on a sponge.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 30
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Although many of the species found at depth will likely be different than those seen on shallow reefs, some mobile organisms can actually move between shallow and deep reefs. This hawksbill sea turtle feeds on sponges which are common in both deep and shallow reefs.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 22
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The precious black corals are also common on the wall faces, rarely above 150 ft depth due to prior harvesting for the jewelry trade.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 27
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As light becomes limiting in the deep reef fewer hard corals are able to survive, but many species of soft corals and black corals serve the same functional role as habitat and/or food.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007
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The biodiversity of vertical walls can be impressive, as this photo from the Indo-Pacific region demonstrates.
Pacific Ocean, Western Tropical 2007

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