Fire coral

Fire coral

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fire coral (Millepora sp.), so named for the painful sting it can give. The fire coral is not a true coral, which are built by Anthozoa. It is a colonial hydrozoan, built by Hydrozoa. Both are members of the phylum Cnidaria. Photographed in the Red Sea.

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Keywords: animal, cnidaria, cnidarian, coelenterate, colonial, coral, fire coral, hydrozoa, hydrozoan, invertebrate, invertebrates, millepora, nature, pain, painful, red sea, sting, stinging, underwater, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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