New coral species in Galapagos

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Discovery of new species raises hopes that coral reefs may be more resilient to rising sea temperatures than previously thought.

Scientists have discovered three new coral species – and one that was thought to be extinct – in an extensive survey of reefs around the Galapagos Islands, raising hopes that reefs may be more resilient to rising sea temperatures than previously thought.

Honeycomb coral (Gardineroseris planulata) had apparently been wiped out in in 1997-98 by the last big El Ni