Also known as Giant Fan Coral, Giant Gorgonian Fan, Giant Sea Fan, Giant Sea Fan Coral, Gorgonian Fan, Gorgonian Fan Coral, Gorgonian Sea Fan, Octocoral.
Found over rock and sandy substrates on lower bottoms of reefs and reef slopes exposed to strong tidal currents.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 200cm
Depth - 12-18m
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://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annella_mollis