Hard coral

Hard coral

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Caption: Hard coral (Stylophora pistillata). This hard coral consists of colonies of polyps (not seen). The polyps secrete calcium carbonate around themselves to form a protective, supportive skeleton.

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Keywords: animal, aquatic, biological, biology, calcium carbonate, coelenterate, colony, fauna, hard coral, immobile, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, nature, ocean, polyp, polyps, sea, sessile, skeleton, stylophora pistillata, underwater, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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