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Great Barrier Reef Invertebrates


The coral reefs of the western Indo-Pacific arguably house the widest diversity of animal life on Earth. The dizzying array of biological shape, colour and size that is observed on these coral reefs largely can be attributed to its invertebrate inhabitants. Great Barrier Reef Invertebrates profiles a small portion of this coral reef invertebrate diversity. 

The Great Barrier Reef Invertebrates site is comprised of a suite of web pages that describe the biology of specific coral reef invertebrates that inhabit Heron Island Reef on the southern Great Barrier Reef. Each page is researched, designed, developed and produced by a third year undergraduate at The University of Queensland.

This project
began in 2011.  The students' web pages partially fulfill the academic requirements for BIOL3211 Marine Invertebrates. After completing eight weeks of intensive study of marine invertebrates in Brisbane, the class embarks upon a field trip at UQ's Heron Island Research Station. Each student undertakes detailed studies on a marine invertebrate of their choice.  These web pages are the product of their research into this animal.

Although efforts have been made to ensure content accuracy, these species descriptions are the sole product of individual students and have not been modified or edited. Any issues arising from the page's content can be brought to the attention of the course coordinator, Bernie Degnan.

Resources for the development, management and maintenance of this web page and associated student activities were provided by a University of Queensland Strategic Teaching and Learning Grant to Bernie Degnan, Sandie Degnan, Greg Skilleter and Tom Cribb in the School of Biological Sciences.  We thank Mathew Taylor and his team at QBIT for developing web page templates, maintaining this site and kindly responding to our raft of questions. We thank Storm Martin for further developing the web page and enhancing its functionality. All studies undertaken on Heron Island and Wistari Reefs adhere to the conditions set out in the 2011-2015 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Education Permit QC11/022.