Coral Reference Libraries

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2012-04-03 17:35:45

Nephtheidae is a family of soft corals known as carnation corals, tree corals or colt soft corals. These corals are very striking and show a wide range of rich colors including red, pink, yellow and purple. These corals are mainly tree-like in that they branch out and have little knobs on the end of their rubbery branches. Another name given these animals are broccoli corals, due to the...

Pillar Coral
2012-04-03 17:31:14

Pillar Coral, (Dendrogyra cylindricus), is a species of hard coral found in the western Atlantic Ocean. This coral is made up of finger-like projections, growing up from the sea-floor. The pillars can grow up to 8 feet tall, growing on both flat and sloping sea floors at a depth up to 65 feet below sea level. Its polyps generally feed during the day, one of the few types of hard coral to do so.

Rice Coral
2012-04-03 17:24:13

Rice Coral, (Montipora capitata), also known as Pore Coral, is a species of stony coral in the Acroporidae family. It is found in the tropical north and central areas of the Pacific Ocean at depths down to 66 feet. It is common in the waters near Hawaii, especially where the sea is turbulent. This is a reef-building species that forms colonies. As it matures, it develops tree-like branches....

Sandalolitha robusta
2012-04-03 16:31:44

Sandalolitha robusta is a species of dome coral in the family Fungiidae. It is found in the Indo-Pacific oceanic region. This is a large, colonial coral that does not attach to substrate along the seabed. Polyps are embedded in numerous individuals corallites and are separate from one another. They are bordered by alternating wide and narrow septae, calcareous (calcium carbonate) ridges which...

2012-04-03 16:26:05

Favia is a genus of reef building stony corals widespread throughout the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Oceans. Members of this genus are massive and form colonies. They are dome-shaped or flat, and some may be leafy, almost like foliage of a tree. There is much diversity in form even among individuals of the same species. Corallites project slightly above the surface of the coral and each has...

Fungia scutaria
2012-04-03 16:17:43

Fungia scutaria is a species of mushroom coral in the family Fungiidae. It is found in the Indo-Pacific oceanic region. It occurs on upper reef slopes especially where there is considerable water movement. It is typically found on sand beds or coral fragments. It lives as a single individual rather than as a colony and is detached from the seabed. It has an elongated shape and can grow...

Fungia scruposa
2012-04-03 16:04:02

Fungia scruposa is a species of mushroom coral that lives a single individual rather than as a colony. It starts out life as a small disk attached to dead coral or rock, but by the time it reaches about 1 inch in diameter, it becomes detached. The adult has a single polyp that reaches up to 10 inches in diameter. This is the first species of coral that has been observed eating jellyfish....

Zigzag Coral
2012-04-03 15:48:15

Zigzag Coral, (Madrepora oculata), is a species of stony coral found worldwide, except for in the polar regions. It grows in deep water, from 250 feet to 5000 feet deep. It is only one of 12 species of coral that are found worldwide, including in Sub-Antarctic oceans. It is a dominating coral in some regions, including the Mediterranean and northeast Atlantic. This species was first described...

Precious Coral
2012-04-03 15:42:00

Precious Coral, (Corallium rubrum), also known as red coral, is a species of marine coral found mainly in the Mediterranean Sea, where it grows at depths from 30 to 1000 feet below sea level. Its habitat is typically rocky sea bottom with low sedimentation, and usually in dark environments, such as caverns and crevices. Most of its shallow range has been depleted by harvesting. While mainly...

2012-04-03 15:24:52

Discosoma (or Actinodiscus) is a genus of soft mushroom coral native to the Indian Ocean. This genus is sometimes incorrectly referred to as mushroom anemone or disc anemone. This coral is commonly collected and used worldwide in marine aquariums, where it is known to grow easily. There are 5 known species of mushroom coral: Actinodiscus dawydoffi, Actinodiscus fungiformis, Discosoma...

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