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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Daisy Coral Goniopora djiboutiensis

In most corals it is difficult to see the tiny polyps, but the daisy coral has polyps that are a few inches long. The head of each polyp is dome-shaped with the mouth in the middle, surrounded by a ring of about 24 tentacles. These are arranged rather like the petals of a daisy. Unlike the majority of corals, daisy coral polyps extend to feed during the day, though they will quickly withdraw if touched. Daisy coral grows as a rounded lump, but the shape is difficult to see when the polyps are extended. While most corals need clear water to survive, daisy corals often covers large areas where the water is made turbid by disturbed sediment.

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  • Class Anthozoa
  • Diameter Up to 3 ft (1 m)
  • Depth 15–100 ft (5–30 m)
  • Habitat Turbid reef waters
  • Distribution Tropical waters of Indian Ocean and western Pacific