Fire coral

Fire coral

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Caption: Fire coral (Millepora sp.) silhouetted. The fire coral is not a true coral, but instead a colonial hydrozoan that is closely related to jellyfish. It gets its name from the stinging cells that it uses to paralyse prey, before drawing them into its mouth opening. Fire coral is important in reef building because branched colonies form networks of calcium carbonate skeletons tens of centimetres high.

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Keywords: animal, cnidaria, cnidarian, coelenterate, fire coral, indo-pacific ocean, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, millepora sp., nature, sea, silhouette, silhouetted, underwater, wildlife, zoology

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