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03. SPONGES & CORALS

This section discusses aspects of the classification, structure, function and diversity of sponges and corals. It looks at how sponges have evolved an arsenal of toxic weapons to reduce competition and to protect themselves from attack by predators and parasites. Included are beautiful images of these sponges taken by Dr. John Hooper. Research by Dr. Carden Wallace into the diversity and distribution of Moreton Bay corals is also outlined.

(a) Structure of sponges
(b) Diversity of sponges
(c) Why are sponges so toxic?
(d) Structure, classification and function of corals
(e) Types of corals
(f)  Corals of Moreton Bay


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