black coral

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black coral

n.
Any of various corals of the order Antipatharia usually of deep waters, having one to many spiny branches and valued for their dark brown or black skeletons, which are used to make jewelry and handicrafts.
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For this study, the composite corals factor was composed of members of the orders Alcyonacea, Anthoathecata, Antipatharia, and Scleractinia.
Pontonides sympathes, a new species of commensal shrimp (Crustacea, Decapoda, Pontoniinae) from Antipatharia in the Galapagos Islands.