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Vulnerable (VU)

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Many aspects of the biology and life history of Catalaphyllia are unknown (3). This species can be both free-living and colonial. Like many corals, elegance coral has a special symbiotic relationship with an algae, called zooxanthellae. The zooxanthellae live inside the tissues of the coral, and provide the coral with nutrients, which it produces through photosynthesis, and therefore requires sunlight. In return, the coral provides the algae with protection and access to sunlight. The coral polyps also obtain nutrients by capturing prey with their tentacles (4).


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