mushroom coral

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Noun1.Mushroom coral - flattened disk-shaped stony coral (usually solitary and unattached)mushroom coral - flattened disk-shaped stony coral (usually solitary and unattached)
madrepore, madriporian coral, stony coral - corals having calcareous skeletons aggregations of which form reefs and islands
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The Australian researchers found that under simulated warming conditions, solitary mushroom coral called Heliofungia actiniformis will swell and squeeze, dramatically expelling their algal tenants.
Hagedorn recently created the first frozen repositories for endangered elkhorn coral, Acropora palmate, and Hawaiian mushroom coral, Fungia scutari.
It has already stored frozen sperm and embryonic cells from mushroom coral and rice coral.
According to a report in National Geographic News, the study, led by scientists from Israel's Bar-Ilan University and Tel Aviv University, witnessed a mushroom coral ingesting a roughly 4-and-a-half-inch-wide (12-centimeter) moon jellyfish in the Red Sea in March 2009.
A macro image of a Mushroom Coral reveals surprisingly erotic beauty.
Many of their names reflect their shapes--brain coral, elkhorn coral, cabbage coral, cactus coral, mushroom coral, and sea whips.
It is assumed that the nervous responses occur due to prey stimulation of chemoreceptors, as described for the mushroom coral Heliofungia actiniformis by McFarlane and Lawn (1991).