Description[ edit ] Skeleton M. Budding is intracalicular, occurring within the whorl of tentacles of the polyp. The polyps share an elongate oral disc with the tentacles round the rim. Manicina areolata has two entirely different growth forms. Some individuals form small, solid hemispherical heads while others are small, cone-shaped structures that are not attached to the seabed.
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Colonies of Manicina areolata can grow into two distinct growth forms. The most common is small oval shaped colonies with a long continuous central valley and shorter valleys on each side.
If you were to flip this coral upside down, or find an old skeleton, it would be cone shaped and attached to the rock in the center with a small stalk. These colonies have more valley and ridges winding through the coral. The color of the ridges and valley are often a different color than the rest of the coral. Underneath the coral is mostly flat. Smaller oval colonies are between inches wide with the larger hemispherical colonies between inches.
Rose Coral The common name for this coral is the Rose Coral because of the flowering shape of the colony. You can also find pink colonies usually of the smaller oval shaped growth form. Manicina can span the color spectrum of Caribbean colors being brown, green, cream, yellow or white. This coral is not particularly bright but still an interesting species to identify on your next dive. Nicole has taught scuba diving and managed dive centers around the world.
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Caribbean Coral Diaries: Manicina areolata