fire coral


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fire coral

n.
Any of various brownish-yellow reef-building colonial hydrozoans of the genus Millepora having an encrusting or branching calcareous skeleton and nematocysts that release stinging barbs. Also called millepore.
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Fire corals have numerous potent stinging cells used to immobilize prey, and possibly for defense, which may inflict fairly painful and long-lasting burns on unwary swimmers.
Fire corals of the genus Millepora also grow fast and exhibit high rates of symbiont growth (Wilkerson et al.