Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Coral News and Information

General information on corals, including images of the most common coral species found in Florida.

Florida Keys Coral Reef Restoration: A Photo Set on Flickr

As part of an effort to help restore reef communities in Florida, scientists are collaborating with numerous partners on a regional coral restoration effort.

Critical Habitat Defined for Threatened Acroporid Corals

In November 2008 critical habitat was defined for two of Florida's iconic coral species that are listed as threatened under the endangered species act.

What Are Corals?

General biological information on corals describing different types of corals, their structure, and how corals form coral reefs.

Florida Coral Rules and Regulations

Coral Species Photo Gallery

View images of stony coral and hydrocoral species commonly found in the waters of South Florida.

2015-2016 Coral Disease Outbreak in Florida

The FWRI corals research section investigates coral mortality events which occur along the Florida Reef Tract.  In 2015 and 2016, numerous reports of coral disease outbreaks in Southeast Florida, the Upper Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas National Park.  This ongoing event is one of the largest coral disease outbreaks in recent decades.

FWC Facts:
Horseshoe crabs do not bite or sting. Despite the ferocious look of the tail, it is not used as a weapon, but to right themselves if they are flipped over by a wave.

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