Finger-tip Cladiella (Cladiella sp.)

Also known as Colt Coral, Finger Leather Coral, Leather Coral, Seaman's Hands Coral, Stubby Finger Coral

Description

Also known as Colt Coral, Finger Leather Coral, Leather Coral, Seaman's Hands Coral, Stubby Finger Coral.

Found on reef slopes, looking like a bumpy rock over coral and rocky reefs. Firm and slimy to touch.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 8-20m
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.

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) Ref: x

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