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Galaxea Branching Coral

Galaxea horrescens

Description:

The colonies of this species of stony coral is arborescent (look like trees due to branching). Its tubular corallites are thin-walled with flaring rims. Its tapering, translucent tentacles are usually extended only at night. It propagates by fragmentation.

Habitat:

This species is found in the central Indo-Pacific, northern, western, and eastern Australia, West Philippine Sea, and the oceanic West Pacific. Usually found in reef areas with good water circulation and light availability, up to depths of 25m.

Notes:

Spotted this odd-looking hard coral at a depth of about 20m, off the western coast of Samal Island, Philippines.

1 species ID suggestions

Elsa
Elsa 6 years ago
Galaxea branching coral
Galaxea horrescens

1 Comment

Blogie
Blogie 6 years ago

Thanks, Elsa!

Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Lat: 6.99, Long: 125.72

Spotted on Jun 16, 2012
Submitted on Jul 4, 2012

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