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Flatworms Found to be more than just a nuisance to corals.

Posted on Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at 2:06 pm by
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We’ve all had issues with flatworms and we know they irritate our corals, but why has always been theories. The long thought symbiotic relationship between corals and flat worms has been a mystery. The term symbiotic in my opinion is an incorrect statement based on my experience. Some corals seem to tolerate flatworms leaving them to be a visual nuisance while other corals really seem to be irritated by the presence of flatworms often causing the death of the coral. A new study published in the scientific journal Coral Reefs has determined that flatworms compete with corals for zooplankton making them a parasite. Something reefers have always assumed. The full story can be found here: http://resources.metapress.com/pdf-preview.axd?code=083382116q372226&size=largest

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