Tough Times For The Tree Of Life On Coral Reefs

2016-01-28T16:32:04+00:00 January 14, 2016|
In terms of evolutionary history, less than a quarter of wrasse species receive minimum protection levels. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

(Click to enlarge) In terms of evolutionary history, less than a quarter of wrasse species receive minimum protection levels. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Marine scientists are calling for a re-think of how marine protected areas (MPAs) are planned and coordinated, following a global assessment of the conservation of tropical corals and fishes.

(From Science Daily) — Researchers from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE), at James Cook University in Townsville, analysed the extent to which the evolutionary histories of corals and fishes are protected, rather than looking at individual species.

“Our interest was in evolutionary branches of the tree of life, rather than the traditional focus on rare, threatened or endemic species,” said Professor David Bellwood from the Coral CoE.

“In particular we were interested in the longer branches, which represent the greater proportion of evolutionary history.

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