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In Images: Fiery-Red Coral Species Discovered in Peruvian Pacific

New Red Coral Species

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(Image credit: Yuri Hooker)

A fiery-red coral species has been discovered off the coast of Peru.

Hand-Size Coral Colonies

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(Image credit: Yuri Hooker)

The fiery-red corals’ hand-size colonies were found in Peru's Paracas National Reserve.

Marine Discovery

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(Image credit: Yuri Hooker)

The species’ small size and red color distinguish it from its relatives.

Underwater Life

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(Image credit: Yuri Hooker)

The stunning new coral species was named Psammogorgia hookeri after marine biologist and naturalist Yuri Hooker.

Ocean Gem

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(Image credit: Yuri Hooker)

The new red coral species may be found nowhere else in the world.