Ridged Leather Coral (Lobophytum crassum)

Also known as Cabbage Leather Coral, Devils Hand Coral, Devils Hand Leather Coral, Dimorphic Soft Coral, Finger Leather Coral, Flower Coral, Flower Leather Coral, Leather Coral, Leather Ridge Coral, Lobed Leather Coral, Rabbit Ear Leather Coral, Thick Finger Coral

Description

Also known as Cabbage Leather Coral, Devils Hand Coral, Devils Hand Leather Coral, Dimorphic Soft Coral, Finger Leather Coral, Flower Coral, Flower Leather Coral, Leather Coral, Leather Ridge Coral, Lobed Leather Coral, Rabbit Ear Leather Coral, Thick Finger Coral.

Found in shallow waters attached to rubble over reef flats and turbid lagoons of coastal reefs.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 17cm
Depth - 6-20m
Widespread Indo-West 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. Ref: https://www.sealifebase.org/summary/Lobophytum-crassum.html

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