9th October 2012
While most corals grow as colonies in tropical waters, the Devonshire cup coral (Caryophyllia smithii) is solitary and lives in temperate parts of the ocean. It grows with its cup-shaped skeleton attached to a rock or even a shipwreck. When the tentacles are expanded, these tiny corals look just like anemones, with each tapering, transparent tentacle ending in a small knob. Devonshire cup coral often occurs in a variety of corals from white or orange.
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While most corals grow as colonies in tropical waters, the Devonshire cup coral (Caryophyllia smithii) is solitary and lives in temperate parts of the ocean. It grows with its cup-shaped skeleton attached to a rock or even a shipwreck. When the tentacles are expanded, these tiny corals look just like anemones, with each tapering, transparent tentacle ending in a small knob. Devonshire cup coral often occurs in a variety of corals from white or orange.

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