Solitary coral

Solitary coral

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Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Individual solitary coral (Heterocyathus aequicostatus) on a sea floor. Solitary coral are not colonial. They are individual, disk-shaped polyps which are able to move. This solitary coral has a commensal relationship with a sipinculid worm (Aspidosiphon corallicola, not seen) which moves the coral about by shifting the sands it rests on, preventing it from becoming buried. Photographed in Bali, Indonesia.

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