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12 gorgeous animals of the coral reef

Coral reef at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

Photo: Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Diverse and beautiful

Coral reefs host the widest variety of living creatures in the ocean, providing fish with food, homes and protection. Shallow tropical seas boast animals of every size and color. Here are 10 beautiful animals that make their homes in this intricate ecological system. (Text: Anna Norris)