Soft coral

Soft coral

Z145/0220 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 53.4MB

Downloadable file size: 3.2MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: LIONEL, TIM & ALISTAIR/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Soft coral (Order Alcyonacea). Corals are small colonial invertebrate animals. Individual polyps may join together to make large structures, which are the basis of coral reefs. Soft corals differ from hard corals in that there is no hard calcium skeleton laid down. Instead the polyps are connected by spongy tubes, which are strengthened by small calcium carbonate fragments called sclerites. Each soft coral polyp (at the ends of the branches) has eight tentacles with which it filters food from the water. Photographed in the Red Sea.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: animal, biological, biology, branching, colonial, colony, coral, coral reef, filter-feeder, filter-feeding, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, nature, ocean, polyp, polyps, red sea, soft coral, underwater, wildlife, zoological, zoology

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.