coral

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coral

  1. the calcareous skeleton of certain COELENTERATES.
  2. the skeleton together with the animals which live in it and secrete it, the whole structure often forming a reef. The animals, usually anthozoans and hydrozans, have a POLYP structure.
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They are greasy in texture unlike the true coral fungi and often confused with some members of Gomphales (species of Ramaria Fr.
The low molluscan richness found in this study (45 spp.) compared to true coral reefs may be related to the characteristics of the sandstone reef, which has low coral density and extensive covers of zoanthids and fleshy algae.
The only other true coral reefs identified in this region were small patch reefs (approx.