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Cauliflower Coral
2012-04-03 15:06:11

Cauliflower Coral, (Pocillopora meandrina), is a species of coral found in the East Pacific and the Indo-West Pacific. Its habitat is shallow reefs, protected lagoons and lower reef slopes. Colonies of this coral can be fairly solid and dome-shaped or branching with areas that are either flattened and ridge-like or fine and complex. The colonies are usually covered with wart-like growths...

Frogspawn
2012-04-03 14:56:39

Frogspawn, (Euphyllia divisa), is a species of stony coral native to the Indo-Pacific islands. The related coral E. paradivisa is sometimes misidentified as frogspawn leading to some confusion. E. divisa has a corallite skeleton with a flabello-meandroid (continuous skeletal) “wall” structure, whereas E. paradivisa has a tree-like branching structure with separate corallites. Frogspawn...

Blue Coral
2012-04-03 14:51:27

Blue Coral, (Heliopora coerulea), is a species of coral in the Helioporidae family. It is commonly found in shallow coral reefs and is found extensively throughout the Indo-Pacific including the Ryukyu Islands in southwest Japan, the Coral Sea in northeast Australia, and American Samoa. The largest known blue coral colony in the world is off Ishigaki Island of the Yaeyama Islands in southwest...

Multicolored Sea Fan
2012-04-03 14:36:01

The Multicolored Sea Fan, (Acabaria rubra), is a species of coral in the family Melithaeidae. It is only found around the South African coast from Bloubergstrand to East London. It is found at depths of 33 to 100 feet in its habitat, which are vertical surfaces on reefs and under overhangs, usually orientated perpendicularly to the water flow. Sea fan colonies grow to about 12 inches high,...

Plate Coral
2012-04-03 14:30:21

Plate Coral, (Fungia paumotensis), is a species of stony coral that occurs in the Indian Ocean on upper reef slopes especially where there is considerable movement of the water from wave action. It is usually found on sand or beds of coral fragments. This solitary, non-colonial coral is free living and not attached to the seabed. It is elongated and oval in shape and can grow rather large....

Astrocoeniidae
2012-04-03 14:18:34

Astrocoeniidae is a family of stony corals endemic to the waters around Papua New Guinea and northern Australia. Their habitats are steep slopes where strong currents rise from below, in crevices and below overhangs. These are reef-building colonial corals containing an algae known as zooxanthallae. These algae typically encrust corals up to 20 inches in diameter. On reef slopes, where...

Alcyoniidae
2012-04-03 14:15:16

Alcyoniidae is a family of leathery corals that occur globally in temperate and tropical seas. These reef dwellers are often found in wave-exposed areas of reef crests, less turbid waters in lagoons, on steep slopes, under overhangs, and at depths of 100 feet and deeper. A colony of leathery coral is stiff, hard, and inflexible. It is composed of tiny polyps projecting from a shared...

Blue Tang
2007-02-13 12:40:21

The Blue tang, Palette surgeonfish, Regal tang, Hippo tang, Indo-Pacific tang, Flagtail surgeonfish or Blue surgeonfish, Paracanthurus hepatus, is a fish often found in marine aquaria, the only member of the genus Paracanthurus. It has a royal blue body, yellow tail, and black 'palette' design. It grows to a maximum of generally 12.25 inches and is mostly herbivorous. Its range varies widely...

Sohal Surgeonfish
2007-02-13 11:51:32

The sohal surgeonfish or sohal tang, Acanthurus sohal, is a Red Sea endemic which grows to 16 inches in the wild. Its striking blue and white horizontal stripes have made it what many consider the "poster fish" for the Red Sea reef environment. It is a valued aquarium fish. Like other tangs, the sohal tang is compressed laterally, making it extremely maneuverable and fast along the reef. It...

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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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