Tropical Reefs: An Overview

Tropical reefs are typically what you expect a member of the public to describe when you mention coral reefs. Colourful, with a large abundance of species, from invertebrates and small fish all the way up to apex predators such as groupers and reef sharks. It is this level of diversity that gives coral reefs their allure to the public – and it is what we could lose if reefs continue to be damaged, either by direct human intervention (dredging, illegal coral trade, marine pollution) or indirect (global warming, bleaching, eutrophication)

 

Blacktip reef Sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus), Wikimedia Commons

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