corallite


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corallite

[′kär·ə‚līt]
(invertebrate zoology)
Skeleton of an individual polyp in a compound coral.
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Micromussa amakusensis (Veron 1990): a Colony in situ; b corallite in situ; c colony skeleton; d corallite skeleton
For the morphological analysis, the corallite samples were kept in 0.5% boric acid for 8 h to remove soft tissue from the skeletal structures; they were dried afterward in an oven for two days at 120 [degrees]C.
These are: microstructure of corallite wall, presence of lamellar or fibrous sclerenchyme and presence of septal spines, connecting elements and tabulae.
Reefs are formed from millions of corallite "houses," which are joined like apartment buildings.
Phenotypic plasticity has been documented in a number of coral species for traits, including whole-colony morphology (Vaughan 1911, 1917, Maragos 1972, Willis 1985), tissue pigmentation (Gleason 1992), and corallite structure (Foster 1979), as well as physiological (Lesser et al.
Corallite medium-sized (9-30 mm high, largest diameter 11.5-34 mm, and maximum number of major septa 52), trochoid or ceratoid; apex curved with attachment disc and talons on the convex cardinal side.
formosa colonies at low tide from Heron Reef at 1200 h and immediately placed into bleach (n = 5) for 30 min or into d[H.sub.2]O at ambient temperature (n = 5) for 24 h, for investigation of the axial corallite. Branches were washed in running water for 24 h before being rinsed in d[H.sub.2]O and dried at 60 [degrees]C for 24 h.
These elongated septa protrude upward from the wall of the corallite and encircle the oral disc (see Fig.
The Scleractinian corallites were formed by calcified polychaete tubes and organized into a meshwork that provided the reef with a solid foundation under the ocean.