Fluorescent Coral in UV Light

Fluorescent Coral in UV Light

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Caption: Fluorescent Coral in Near Long wave UV Light (unfiltered so there is quite a bit of blue light in the spectra). An image of Scolymia australis coral in white light. This species of coral will grow brightly when illuminated in ultra-violet(UV) light. Each head of coral is formed by a colony of genetically identical polyps which secrete a hard skeleton of calcium carbonate; this makes them important coral reef builders. This image is part of a series showing the identical specimen in white light and UV light.

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