Story: Corals, anemones and jellyfish

Cup corals

Cup corals

There are two deep sea stony corals shown here. The fan-like growths belong to Desmophyllum dianthus, a solitary coral consisting of a single large polyp. These are growing on the coral Enallopsammia rostrata, which is made up of an interconnecting network of polyps.

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Dennis Gordon, 'Corals, anemones and jellyfish - True corals and sea anemones', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4729/cup-corals (accessed 15 August 2020)

Story by Dennis Gordon, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 26 Sep 2016