Star coral skeleton

Star coral skeleton

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Caption: Star coral. This coral forms a hard, stony calcium skeleton (white). In the centre of each round corallite lives a coral polyp (not seen in this dried specimen) which emerges at night to filter plankton from the water. The mineral secretions of the polyps forms the skeleton.

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Keywords: animal, aquatic, biological, biology, coelenterate, coral, corals, dead, dried, dry, fauna, hard skeleton, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, marine biology, nature, reef, star coral, stony, tropical, water, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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