Fire coral

Fire coral

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Caption: Fire coral (Millepora sp.). This coral is named for the painful sting it can give. The fire coral is not a true coral, but instead a colonial hydrozoan. It is important in coral reef building because its branched colonies form fairly large calcium carbonate structures (or coral). This structure is laid down by the tiny hydrozoan polyps, and it is these polyps that administer the sting. Photographed in the Red Sea.

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