Image of the Day: Wrinkly, Crinkly Coral

True to its name, the corrugated coral's (Pavona varians) skeleton forms intricate patterns of alternating ridges and furrows.

Jul 24, 2017
The Scientist Staff

An image of Pavona varians under the microscope  SHAYLE MATSUDA, GATES CORAL LAB   This sample of corrugated coral (Pavona varians) came from Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii. Researchers in the Gates Coral Lab at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology are studying how to help corals survive under future climate conditions.

“Our research for this project examines which biological traits and components of the coral holobiont—coral, algae, bacteria—influence a coral’s response and recovery to thermal stress,” marine biologist Shayle Matsuda tells The Scientist in an email.