|This beautiful purple and Blue Zoanthid colony is about 4 in. square, and the Zoanthids around the outer margin have started to change colors. We will be doing an experiment using several of the Zoanthids. We will carefully trim a group of Zoanthid that range from no blue spots to multiple blue spots.
The Zoanthids will then be attached to a long thin Tonga branch shaped Aragocrete sculpture. This group of Zoanthid will be replicated three times, and they will be grown in three separate systems. If these Zoanthids produce clones that are exact duplicates of the original Zoanthid we will be able to produce several distinct color morphs in quantity.
During the next two semesters we will be researching to find what causes Zoanthids to change colors as they reproduce by cloning. This process may be entirely random, but we believe that that clones mutate to take advantage of a new environment.
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