The Elegance Coral (Catalaphyllia jardinei) is a marine (saltwater) photosynthetic coral in the Euphyllidae family of stony coral. It is also known as the Wonder Coral or the Ridge Coral. It is an animal, not a plant.
The Elegance Coral has large polyps with a large, branching coralite skeleton. The polyps have long tendrils and a large, fleshy, disc-shaped (round) mouth. It can be fluorescent green, lime green, and brown.
It grows to form large colonies.
It is found in the western Pacific Ocean from Japan in the north to Australia in the south. It prefers sandy soil in shallow reefs and moving ocean water.
It is photosynthetic, which means that it can convert sunlight into sugar for energy. It also has a mouth to ingest bits of food that its tendrils collect and put into its mouth.
The Elegance Coral can reproduce sexually and asexually by budding new branches that drop off to form new satellite colonies.
Location of photograph: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM