Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage
Specimens with Sequences:31
Specimens with Barcodes:10
Species With Barcodes:9
Species are generally solitary marine animals that are capable of benthic locomotion. These corals often appear to be bleached or dead. In most genera, a single polyp emerges from the center of the skeleton to feed at night. Most species remain fully detached from the substrate in adulthood. Some are immobile as well as colonial.
Mushroom corals are also able to switch sex from male to female and back again.
- One fungiid species, Heliofungia actiniformis ("anemone coral"), can be easily mistaken for a sea anemone [actiniarian] because its tentacles remain visible during the day.
- Fungia spp. have a commensal pipefish, Siokunichthys nigrolineatus.
- Some fungiids can be elongate and look like a sea cucumber (stichopodid).
- Some fungiids (Fungia scruposa) have been observed eating jellyfish.
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Fungia sp. in Papua New Guinea.
Herpolitha limax in Micronesia can appear bleached and also resemble a sea cucumber.
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