stony coral


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stony coral

[′stō·nē ′kär·əl]
(invertebrate zoology)
Any coral characterized by a calcareous skeleton.
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This cruise followed up an initial pilot survey in June, 2004 when NOAA scientists found small samples of a stony coral, Lophelia pertusa, the most important reef-building deepwater coral in the Atlantic Ocean but rarely recorded off the Pacific Northwest coast or elsewhere in the North Pacific,
In fact, some researchers think that even very large mounds of stony coral (Lophelia) are formed by fragmentation, and that individual colonies are genetic clones of the first coral larvae that settled there.
There were soft corals on top of stony corals, with other creatures living among them.
The stony coral trade is dominated by exports from Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.
The dense coral matrix provides the perfect platform for other filter feeders, such as hydroids and sponges, several species of solitary stony corals, and various bamboo, gold and black corals, some of which grow to several metres in height and omore than 100 years old.
Like whales, dolphins, and stony corals, soft corals are a critically important component of the marine environment, said Prof.
Dive-boat anchors create enormous damage to the reef top's delicate stony corals.
It is the hard limestone skeletons of the 1,000 or so species of stony corals that make up the structures we call coral reefs.
The island has both temperate and tropical characteristics and is home to about 1,000 kinds of fish in one of Japan's largest clusters of stony corals.
Fishery management of precious and stony corals in Hawaii.