Soft Corals (Alcyoniidae)
Mushroom Leather Coral, Leather Corals, Leather Toadstool, Toadstool Leather Coral, Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral, Leather Umbrella.
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Also known as Leather Corals, Mushroom Coral, Mushroom Leather Coral, Leather Toadstool, Toadstool Leather Coral, Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral, Green Toadstool Coral, Ruffled Leather Coral, Trough Coral, Gray-Green Soft Coral.
Found on coral and rocky reefs, growing over intertidal areas.
They produce a toxin to stop other animals colonising their areas.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 90cm
Depth - 10-30m
This coral has a smooth stalk and folded margins. The polyps are crowded on the surface and when retracted give a smooth lathery appearance.
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. (edit)
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