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Xenia

Xenia sp.

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Indo Pacific.

Notes:

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

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3 Comments

alicelongmartin
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

The MnMs
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Cebu, Philippines

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

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