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Weh Island waters in Indonesia is home to 133 coral species

A recent study has concluded that the waters off Weh Island, Sabang city, Aceh province, are home to 133 coral reef species, according to Nur Fadli, a researcher at Fishery and Marine Research Centre of Syiah Kuala University.

“Of the 133 species found, three were recently listed and five are potentially new species,” he said here on Tuesday.

Nur Fadli noted that the study on coral reefs was jointly conducted by the Fishery and Marine Research Centre of Syiah Kuala University, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University of Australia, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Flora and Fauna International.

“The results of this study show the uniqueness of coral reefs in Weh island and its vicinity. This is reflected in the species composition, which is a mix of Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean coral reef species, as well as the ones which are commonly found in Indonesian waters,” he added. Continue Reading

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