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398px-PillarCoral
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.

Oculina_varicosa
2012-04-03 15:16:30

Ivory Bush Coral, (Oculina varicosa), is a near-threatened species of coral ranging from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina through the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. The main concern for the species lies with those found off the coast of east-central Florida. It is listed as a species of concern with the US National Marine Fisheries Service, which states there is not enough information available to list it under the US Endangered Species Act. Oculina coral reefs off Florida have been...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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