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Hard Corals

Description:

Pic#1 shows close-up of the individual polyps at night time, which are less than 1 cm in diameter. Pic#2 shows the bigger picture of the colony. The polyps are usually closed during day time and opens up at night, showing its tentacles for feeding. A coral "group" is a colony of myriad genetically identical polyps. Each polyp is a sac-like animal typically only a few millimeters in diameter and a few centimeters in length. A set of tentacles surround a central mouth opening. An exoskeleton is excreted near the base. Over many generations, the colony thus creates a large skeleton that is characteristic of the species. Individual heads grow by asexual reproduction of polyps. Corals also breed sexually by spawning: polyps of the same species release gametes simultaneously over a period of one to several nights around a full moon.

Habitat:

Tropical reefs

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AlbertKang
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Cebu, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 28, 2016
Submitted on Mar 2, 2016

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