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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...

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....

Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.