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Unknown soft coral


Unlike hard corals, most soft-coral species are relatively independent of light. Although semi-photosynthetic (soft corals too may harbour the symbiotic zooxanthellae algae found in tropical hard corals), soft corals depend mainly on hetertrophic feeding and rely on the tentacles on their polyps (white 'flowers' in this pic) to catch and ingest plankton and other organic material from the water column. Soft corals are found all over the world and come in all different colours, shapes and sizes.


Coral reefs


I can't find a suitable ID for this soft coral species. The picture is a little unclear but I thought the coral was so beautiful it deserved a spotting on ProjectNoah.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Blogie 9 years ago
Cherry Blossom Coral
Siphonogorgia godeffroyi The Cherry Blossom Coral - Identify tropical fish - Whats That Fish!

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The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks for adding this mission. I also added the fishes that I saw in the coral reefs. But now I am also adding pics of the corals and sponges too :-)

peter 9 years ago

As long as the reefs are part of the habitat or in some way interacting with the surroundings organisms, it's the natural fit.

Elsa 9 years ago

uhmm.. was this mission only meant to have pictures of coral?? I went a little bit crazy and added all my reef organisms!

Elsa 9 years ago

Great initiative, I like it!

peter 9 years ago

We definitely had our marine experts in mind when creating this mission. Very excited to raise awareness and build community around the rainforests of the sea!

Elsa 9 years ago

And also very happy to contribute to this mission in any way I can. Coral reefs are my background and passion..

Elsa 9 years ago

Done! Very happy to see a marine mission! :D

peter 9 years ago

Hope to see you join our new Coral mission :)

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Spotted on Apr 17, 2010
Submitted on Jun 17, 2011

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