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Understanding Corals

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CORAL POLYPS

Coral polyps are tiny animals that range from the size of a pinhead to larger than a basketball.

Polyps have tentacles to catch food such as microplankton to bring into the mouth.

The tentacles are covered in nematocysts, stinging cells which paralyze their prey.

 

AN INSIDE LOOK

Polyps are mostly stomach.

Once they catch prey through their tiny mouth, it is digested by the stomach.

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CORAL POLYPS

 


secrete calcium carbonate (limestone) skeletons

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Limestone skeleton

Hard corals secrete a limestone skeleton, slowly building what we call corals today.

Corals are connected

 
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COENOSARC

connective tissue

 

Corals Are Translucent

 
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