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Blade Fire Coral

Millepora Complanata


Photo take at -20 ft on a coral reef this is one of the most beautiful colonies I have seen. 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.


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


Contact with a live colony may cause severe burning sensations due to toxins injected by the nematocysts.

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Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

haha Karen i know what you saying :)
Thanks Joshua i´m glad you like my spotting´s :)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

These are awesome Gerardo! This picture is nice to me because there aren't too many people posting coral. thanks for sharing :)

MrsPbio 11 years ago

Oooh- Ouchie. I got swept against some of this once years ago- an experience I don't care to repeat.

Gerardo Aizpuru
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Gerardo Aizpuru


Spotted on Nov 26, 2012
Submitted on Nov 26, 2012

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