Conservation Photography: Second Place
A common coral predator, the bearded fireworm (Hermodice carunculata) feeds on the tissue of various coral species. They feed by engulfing an entire branch into their buccal cavity and removing the tissue from the skeleton. Here a massive fireworm engulfs a fragment of staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) at the Coral Restoration Foundation's offshore nursery in the Florida Keys. The impacts of these coral predators are one of the many challenges faced by coral restoration projects.
Marine Biology | Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
Staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis, restoration, fireworm, Hermodice