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Unformatted text preview: c. They need lots of salinity – full strength seawater d. Like light and hard bottom III. Reef Building a. Fringing Reefs i. Reef that hugs the shore with little or no open water between the reef and the slope itself ii. Ex. Fringing Reef in the Red Sea b. Barrier Reefs i. Reef that’s separated from the main land by a lagoon ii. Ex. Great Barrier Reef in Australia c. Atolls i. Circular reef that occurs in the middle of oceans with no land in the middle of it; has a lagoon inside that’s often connected to the open ocean by breaks in the reef IV. Ecology a. Coral acts as a primary producer along with sea weed b. Very little primary productivity energy/action c. Coral-Feeders i. Parrotfish ii....
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- Spring '08
- Fringing Reef, Coral Reefs I., coral polyp tentacles