branch of Lophelia coral

This is a healthy branch of Lophelia coral sampled from the deep ocean reefs. Unlike tropical species of coral, Lophelia possesses no zooxanthellae (a symbiotic dinoflagellate), which often give their coralline hosts beautiful colors.Image courtesy of Islands in the Sea 2002, NOAA/OER.

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