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Family Oculinidae

Small family of colonial corals, most of which lack zooxanthellae (except Galaxea).  Characterized by tubular exsert calices with prominent septa.  Oculina form extensive deep reef systems in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

INDO-PACIFIC

Galaxea fascicularis

LARGE GALAXEA

 

Galaxea astreata

 

SMALL GALAXEA

 


TROPICAL WESTERN ATLANTIC

Oculina diffusa

DIFFUSE IVORY BUSH CORAL