Slimy Leather Coral (Sinularia flexibilis)

Also known as Finger leather, Finger Leather Coral, Flexible Leather Coral, Formosan Soft Coral, Gold Leather Coral, Green Finger Coral, Indian Ocean Soft Coral, Knobby Leather Coral, Leather Coral, Octocoral, Rasta Leather Coral, Ruffled Leather Coral, Scolloped Leather Coral, Soft Finger Coral, Spaghetti Finger Leather Coral, Spaghetti Leather Coral, Thin Finger Coral

Description

Also known as Finger leather, Finger Leather Coral, Flexible Leather Coral, Formosan Soft Coral, Gold Leather Coral, Green Finger Coral, Indian Ocean Soft Coral, Knobby Leather Coral, Leather Coral, Octocoral, Rasta Leather Coral, Ruffled Leather Coral, Scolloped Leather Coral, Soft Finger Coral, Spaghetti Finger Leather Coral, Spaghetti Leather Coral, Thin Finger Coral.

Found in large colonies attached to rubble in areas of murky shallow surge zones over reef flats, lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 100cm
Depth - 1-15m
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. (edit) Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinularia_flexibilis

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