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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 8 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Thanks for the nice comments.

Laura33 9 years ago

Amazing how it takes the shape like that

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 9 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Thanks, Ismael! :-)

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 10 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

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

VianneyTedjamulia 10 years ago

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

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

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

Dangermouse 11 years ago

Amazing shot, just beautiful. :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

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

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

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

animaisfotos 11 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 11 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 11 years ago

Its like a DNA model...!!

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 11 years ago

What a strange thing!

SheaEckert 11 years ago

This is simply amazing!!

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

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

lori.tas 11 years ago

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

Gigi 11 years ago

Very nice!

CoraVajnai 11 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

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

PaulBeaudry 11 years ago

That is beautiful!

ceherzog 11 years ago

Wow! Another great spiral in nature!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Is it dangerous..?

The MnMs
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Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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

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