New Coral Species Discovered in Panama

A new species of coral has been discovered growing in the depths of the sea near Coiba Island in the Panamanian Pacific, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, or STRI, said.

The discovery was the work of STRI scientist Hector Guzman, a Venezuelan who found and gathered samples of the coral in the first submersible exploration of Hannibal Bank in Coiba National Park and World Heritage Site, an STRI communique said.

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