Cherry Blossom Coral (Siphonogorgia godeffroyi)

Also known as Octocorals, Soft Tree Corals, Tree Corals, Godeffroy's Soft Coral.

Description

Also known as Octocorals, Soft Tree Corals, Tree Corals and Godeffroy's Soft Coral.

Found on rocky and coral reefs along ledges, reef slopes and overhangs.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 17cm
Depth - 10-20m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

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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