Image of the Day: Tiny Grazers

Algae-grazing sea urchins the size of a ping-pong ball, such as Echinometra viridis, could help reduce algal overgrowth in degraded coral reefs. 

By | January 6, 2017

SMITHSONIAN TROPICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

 

 

(See C.D. Kuempel and A.H. Altieri, “The emergent role of small-bodied herbivores in pre-empting phase shifts on degraded coral reefs.” Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/srep39670, 2017)

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