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Xenia sp.


Xenia is a genus of photosynthetic soft marine coral resembling a mushroom, with "arms" coming out from the top that end in many-fingered "hands". It is unique among corals because of its ability to use its "hands" to "pulse" or push water away from the colony in a constant, grabbing motion. This action is unique to Xenia species, and was once thought to be used for catching ambient plankton, but is now thought to be used for respiration.


Indo Pacific.


My IDs for corals are temptative. If you know better this species please correct me.

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alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Unique and beautiful!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion, Brian! I have changed it. The fact is that for me is very difficult to classify the corals so I appreciate very much the help :-)

Brian Muñiz
Brian Muñiz 8 years ago

Not sure but to me it looks like a Xenia species, you should look it up to check

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Cebu, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 3, 2012
Submitted on Jan 1, 2013


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