Stony Corals (Pocilloporidae)
Branching Corals, Pocilliopora verrucosa, Rasp Coral, Cauliflower Coral, Cotton Candy Pocillopora Coral.
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Also known as Branching Corals, Pocilliopora verrucosa, Rasp Coral, Cauliflower Coral and Cotton Candy Pocillopora Coral.
Found on coral and rocky reefs.
Compact and low growing, prefers reef rims and tops of reefs, thick and compact branches when exposed to strong wave action, open and thinner on protected reefs.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 50cm
Depth - 1-10m
Stony corals have hard stony skeletons, their polyps have six tentacles or are made up of multiples of six. These are usually nocturnal, however if the sky's are overcast, then many will feed during the day.
Generally the more robust corals life on exposed areas, while the smaller corals live in sheltered lagoons or deeper waters.
Stony corals are reef building corals and embedded in their flesh are thousands of minute single-celled marine plants called zooxanthellae which accounts for their colour.
These corals support a huge diversity of life, their main predator being the crown-of-thorns sea star.
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