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NOAA Photo Library Image - reef3879

Cyanobacteria are increasingly common on Caribbean coral reefs and are frequently found overgrowing benthic organisms such as this soft coral (Eunicea sp.). Although some cyanobacteria form symbiotic relationships with a host organism, others are detrimental and can cause tissue necrosis and mortality.

Image ID: reef3879, NOAA's Coral Kingdom Collection
Location: Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands
Photo Date: 2007 May 25
Credit: Twilight Zone Expedition Team 2007, NOAA-OE

Category: Coral Reefs/

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