32 corals have been globally identified as being on the EDGE of Existence!
The species chosen for EDGE Coral reefs represent an extraordinary range of genetic diversity, growth forms and ecological adaptations and many have mutual relationships with the fish and invertebrates that live in coral reef habitats.
Are any of these special corals found on Singapore shores?
Yes! The Mushroom coral (Heliofungia actiniformis) is among the top 10 EDGE corals.
MORE Singapore corals in the EDGE list
The following are some corals found on our shores which though not on the top 10, have been selected as EDGE species that are extremely evolutionarily distinct and threatened, and are currently receiving little or no conservation attention from other organisations.
The beautiful Moon coral (Diploastrea heliopora) is sometimes seen on our shores.
recent trips to Pulau Jong.
Zebra coral (Oulastra crispata). How nice to see that Jeffrey Low's photo has been used in the fact sheet on this coral.
oil-slicked reefs at Tanah Merah.
Cabbage coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi)! This photo was taken in 2005 at Beting Bronok and sadly, we have not seen this coral on our recent trips there. Fortunately, the Cabbage coral has also been seen on some of our other shores.
Check out the corals on the EDGE of Existence programme for more about reefs and the threats to them. The programme also has a blog which featured the launch of the EDGE coral reefs today.