Rose Lace Coral, Stylaster roseus

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I have a little, very delicate Rose Lace coral for you all today that I shot in the mouth of a little cave on our Substation house reef. This hydrocoral forms small colonies, up to 7 cm high by 11 cm wide. The branches have a serrated appearance, and the polyps resemble hair when extended. The cylindrical branches taper from base to tip.

The surface of the outer branches is covered with rows of small glasses, formed by surrounding food and stinging polyps. Occasional cups are also visible in the thick base of the branches, which are burgundy, purple, or lavender, and fade to pink and white towards the tips. Occasionally, they are all white.

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