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Slate Pencil Urchin Heterocentrotus mamillatus
2012-04-10 19:06:48

Slate Pencil Urchin (Heterocentrotus mamillatus), also known as Red Slate Pencil Urchin or Red Pencil Urchin, is a species of sea urchin found in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is most abundant off the coast of Hawaii. Specimens found off the coast of Hawaii have bright red spines, more so than others found elsewhere, which generally have yellowish or brown spines....

Slender sea star Astropecten spinulosus
2012-04-10 19:01:50

The Slender sea star (Astropecten spinulosus), is a species of starfish in the Astropectinidae family. It is found only in the Mediterranean Sea, spending much of its life on sandy, muddy or gravelly seabed in areas very rich in algae from 3.5 to 165 feet deep. Its favorite seabed meadows are Mediterranean Tapeweed (Posidonia oceanica) and Little Neptune Grass (Cymodocea nodosa). The common...

Knotted Fan Coral Melithaea ochracea
2012-04-03 20:41:16

Knotted Fan Coral, (Melithaea ochracea), is a species of colonial soft coral that is found in tree-like fans on shallow reefs in the South China Sea between Taiwan and Indonesia, including Singapore and Malaysia. In Taiwan, it is the most widespread coral in its family Gorgonacea. It is found on the higher parts of reef fronts where its numerous small polyps can feed at water flow rates varying...

Octopus Coral Galaxea fascicularis
2012-04-03 20:18:21

Octopus Coral, (Galaxea fascicularis), also known as Fluorescence Grass Coral, Galaxy Coral. Star Coral, Crystal Coral, Brittle Coral and Starburst Coral, is a species of colonial stony coral commonly found on reef slopes in the Indian and Pacific ocean regions, as well as the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is most commonly found where wave action is weak, usually at a depth of 79 inches to...

Coral Nudibranch Phyllodesmium horridum
2012-04-03 19:36:16

The Coral Nudibranch, (Phyllodesmium horridum), is a species of sea slug in the Facelinidae family. It is found off Australia and Japan, as well as around the South African coast from False Bay to Sodwana Bay. This species is intertidal, existing in the low to high tide regions, but some reaching depths up to 100 feet below sea level. This creature is a marine gastropod mollusc. It generally...

Leaf Plate Montipora
2012-04-03 18:56:15

Leaf Plate Montipora, (Montipora capricornis), also known as Vase Coral, Cap Coral, or simply Montipora, is a species of stony coral found in the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is also found in reefs in the Red Sea. It usually inhabits the top half of the reef where photosynthesis can occur. It branches out from the foundation into an area with adequate sunlight. This species forms flat,...

Nephtheidae
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....

Favia
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...

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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