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corallite

(ˈkɒrəlaɪt)
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(Zoology) the skeleton of a coral polyp
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Siderastrea siderea forms larger colonies and larger corallites (3-5 mm) than the other species, has numerous septa (44-50), deep and papillose columellae, and thin synapticulae; and the septa alternate between corallites (Yonge, 1935; Laborel, 1970; Budd and Guzman, 1994; Beck, 2005; Menezes et al.
In transverse sections, corallites commonly subovate or subelliptical, generally 1.
The sampling consisted in the collection of complete colonies, fragments of colonies or fragments of corallites in facies associated with buildups in all of the sections, except in Ribadesella.
Colonies were classified as having old mortality when the corallites were covered by organisms that were not easily removed, such as macroalgae and/or invertebrates.
The samples were identified on the basis of their primary (growth forms, corallites etc.
For protection, they build hard, cup-shaped houses called corallites around their soft bodies.
Interconnecting, hexagonally shaped ridges (pseudocostae) often surround the corallites of forereef branches but are absent in the lagoon (Fenner 1993; [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1C, D OMITTED]).
Cryptochromes may also be involved in phototropic growth of axial corallites in acroporid branching corals (Kaniewska et al.
Chaetosalpinx has been interpreted as a tabulate parasite, considering its position between the corallites, perforation of the host's skeleton and soft tissue, modification of its phenotype and possible inhibition of its growth (Zapalski 2007).
Other fossulate genera very closely related to Grewingkia are Bighornia Duncan, 1957 and Lobocorallium Nelson, 1963, which mainly differ in having lobated corallites.
Polyps resemble little upside down jellyfish, For protection, they build stony cup-shaped houses called corallites around their soft bodies.