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This is not a fried egg

Sun coral has a great ability to regenerate and a varied reproductive repertoire. These characteristics have enabled Tubastraea coccinea, a species that originated in the Indo-Pacific, to spread along the Brazilian coast, damaging native coral populations. Oceanographer Bruna Luz is studying the species from a genetic perspective, uncovering knowledge that may help us understand the organism and allow us to use it as a model in other research.

Image submitted by Bruna Luz, doctoral student at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR)

Published in april 2017