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Spiral wheep or wire coral

Stichopathes spp.


Is a red hard coral that curls on itself in spirals like a cord. Could be sp. lutkeni.


Cambodian coral reefs. In Koh Rong, Buddha Reef.

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25 Comments (1–25)

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks for the nice comments.

Laura33 7 years ago

Amazing how it takes the shape like that

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 7 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks, Ismael! :-)

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Yes, is coral. It grows like that :-)

VianneyTedjamulia 9 years ago

Is it real coral? Looks like worms.
Its amazing to know that there is unusual looking coral exists.

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks, dangermouse! I was surprised when I saw the shape of these corals, so curled up.

Dangermouse 9 years ago

Amazing shot, just beautiful. :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

animais: the size can be at least one meter or more

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

I have found the name and genus! (species is still dubious)

animaisfotos 9 years ago

Fantastic. Just got curios about the size of it... From the picture gets hard to guess. Thanks for sharing.

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Ye, I wonder why does it adopt this shape? (which evolutive advantage it has): may be to move farther from the reef where is attached and to stand better the current?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Its like a DNA model...!!

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 9 years ago

What a strange thing!

SheaEckert 9 years ago

This is simply amazing!!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

There were many like this when I dove in Cambodia :-)

lori.tas 9 years ago

Never seen anything like that, and you really captured it beautifully.

Gigi 9 years ago

Very nice!

CoraVajnai 9 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks! it is amazing to see the forms some corals can adopt.

PaulBeaudry 9 years ago

That is beautiful!

ceherzog 9 years ago

Wow! Another great spiral in nature!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Is it dangerous..?

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Spotted on Feb 24, 2011
Submitted on Jun 18, 2011

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