Black Corals (Antipathidae)
Precious Black Coral, Bushy Black Coral, Black Coral.
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Also known as Precious Black Coral, Bushy Black Coral and Black Coral.
Found on coral and rocky reefs, forming large bushy colonies with fine branches and small polyps.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 1.5m
Depth - 20-30m
They are called Black Corals because the inner skeleton is black, over this they have a fleshy skin that varies in colour with the different corals.
The polyps have six tentacles which although cannot be retracted, may shrink if disturbed.
A number of other animals live in the branches, e.g. Pteria penquin (Winged pearl oyster), Lopha cristagalli (Cock's comb oyster), Periclimenes sp.(Black coral shrimp).
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