Prickly Red Tree Coral

Dendronephthya sp.

This is a ‘soft coral’ (octocoral), more closely related to the gorgonian sea whips than to hard corals, they are spiky, prickly, bushy masses of polyps crowded together to form spherical bulbs. Although they have no limestone skeleton they produce calcium carbonate spicules inside the stalk and around the polyps to help provide body structure. Stalks are usually pale cream or white, with polyps deep red. These species are very common in many reef habitats, and are capable of withstanding heavy swells and surge.

Many species, found throughout the Indian and West Pacific Oceans. 

Prickly Red Tree Coral (Dendronepthya sp.)
Prickly Red Tree Coral
(Dendronepthya sp.)

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