Red coral (Corallium rubrum L., 1758)

Jasek, Sanja (2009) Red coral (Corallium rubrum L., 1758). Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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The red coral has fascinated people since ancient times. Throughout history it has been allied to minerals, plants and animals. It has been used as an ornament since prehistory, but has a much deeper meaning. Because of it's brilliant red colour, people have associated it with blood, the Greeks with Medusa's and the Christians with Jesus'. It protected people from hate, curses and diseases. This mysterious and precious creature is actually a colony of thousands of tiny animals. It is the only species of the order Corallium that inhabitates the Mediterranean. It is very stenothermic and stenohaline. It lives adhered to a rocky substrate in dephts ranging from 30 to 200 meters, though it can also be found in shallower waters in semidark caves. Dim light and low sedimentation are essential for the red coral. Because of it's high economic value, it is in threat of overharvesting.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Kružić, Petar
Date: 2009
Number of Pages: 16
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2014 12:59
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2014 12:59

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