Soft Corals (Nephtheidae)
Soft Tree Corals, Strawberry Coral, Hanging Tree Soft Coral, Nepthea Tree Coral, Nephtheid Soft Coral.
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Also known as Soft Tree Corals, Strawberry Coral, Hanging Tree Soft Coral, Nepthea Tree Coral and Nephtheid Soft Coral.
Found on coral and rocky reefs growing down form overhangs and caves often abundant in strong current areas.
Has a unique dappled appearance.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 20-30m
Most soft corals have no true skeleton and so their bodies are flexible.
Some soft corals have spikes very similar to rose thorns which may help to protect against predators.
Soft corals are food and shelter to many marine animals, some of which hide in the branches and take on the colouration of these corals.
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