Black Corals (Antipathidae)
Cirripathes sp., Whip Coral, Wire Coral, Spiral Coral, Spiral Wire Coral, Black Coral Sea Whip, Spiral Sea Whip, Spiral Whip Coral, Black Wire-coral, Deep-water Wire Coral, Coiled Coral.
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Also known as Cirripathes sp., Whip Coral, Wire Coral, Spiral Coral, Spiral Wire Coral, Black Coral Sea Whip, Spiral Sea Whip, Spiral Whip Coral, Black Wire-coral, Deep-water Wire Coral and Coiled Coral.
Found on coral and rocky reefs on slopes, terraces and drop-off's.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 3m
Depth - 25-40m
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). (edit)
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