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Blade Fire Coral

Millepora complanata

Description:

Photo take at 2 ft of water this kind of coral likes shallow waters. Colonies form thin, upright blades or plates that extend from an encrusting base. Colonies up to 50 cm. Outer edge of blades uneven with multiple extensions or short branches. The surface is smooth, covered with minute pores within which the polyps live. When the tiny polyps protrude, they appear as short, fine hairs.Brown to light creamy yellow, with white branch tips.

Habitat:

Inhabit shallow water reef tops, covering rock and dead corals. Usually in areas with some water movements, down to 15 m depth.Very common from Florida all the Caribbean to Brazil.

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2 Comments

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 12 years ago

Thanks Argybee!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 12 years ago

Beautiful scene Gerardo.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Mexico

Spotted on Jun 23, 2012
Submitted on Jun 23, 2012

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