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Brain Coral

Faviidae

Description:

Brain coral are small, polyp-like creatures that form a hard, exoskeleton in patterns that look like a human brain. They feed on algae and small animal tissues that drift through ocean currents. They are related to jellyfish, sea anemones and other species of coral. Brain coral is a collection of genetically identical, individual, multi-cellular organisms called polyps. These polyps resemble a human adult molar tooth. They have a quadruple root anchored to the calcified, coral surface and a soft body with short tentacles that wave back and forth in the water, collecting food.

Habitat:

Ranguana Cay, Belize

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joanbstanley
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joanbstanley

Belize

Spotted on Oct 16, 2013
Submitted on Nov 23, 2013

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