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Caulastrea

By: melev | Tags: | Comments: 0

This LPS (large polyped stony coral) fascinates me day or night, as it changes its appearance during feedings. The central mouth opens and you can almost visualize teeth inside, and the brown outer band recedes as tentacles extend. After progressing well for 5 months, the Caulastrea were stung mercilessly by red mushrooms and later perished. Six months later, a new polyp formed in one of the empty skeletal sockets. (Also referred to as Candy Cane or Trumpet corals)

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