Black sea rod coral

Black sea rod coral

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Caption: Black sea rod coral (Plexaura homomalla) on a coral reef. This is a type of gorgonian, or sea fan. This species is known for its production of prostaglandin chemicals, which have a hormone function in humans. It is interesting as it produces similar prostaglandins by a different route to that which the human body uses. Photographed off Exuma Island in the Bahamas, in the Caribbean Sea.

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