Plate coral photographed at Wilson Island, near the Tropic of Capricorn on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.
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PLATE CORAL FACTS
Plate Coral is from the same genus as Staghorn Coral. Plate Coral build up large structures of flat overlapping plates.
Plate coral gets most of its nutrients from a single-celled algae called zooxanthellae that grows with it on the reef. Corals can also catch plankton using stinging cells on their tentacles
A head of coral grows by asexual reproduction of the individual polyps. Corals also breed sexually by spawning.
|Common Name:||Plate Coral|
Relatives in same Genus
Staghorn Coral (A. unknown species)