|Picture Scramble # 128
||28 August 2001
The ridges of the brain coral, (Colpophylia natans),
are truly a work of art.
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If you look
carefully you may see the tiny round mouths of the
individual polyps. Two species of brain
coral occur at the Flower Gardens - the other is
(Diploria strigosa), which has smaller
spaces between each ridge, and does not have the
pronounced ridge running down the
center of the primary ridge. This picture is
an example of what the coral looks like during
the daylight hours. At night the tentacles of
the polyps will extend to feed on small particles
in the water.
A special thanks goes to the
National Marine Sanctuaries and to Frank and Joyce Burek
for providing this photo.
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