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Seaweek 2010: Oceans of Life - ours to explore; ours to restore

Creature Features


Black coral

Family: Antipathidae
Phylum: Cnidaria

Numerous genera of tree-like corals, often found in deeper waters, are referred to as Black Corals. The common name is at first confusing because these corals are generally white or pale orange in life. The name Black Coral refers to the colour of the polished stems that are often used for jewellery and are highly prised.

Depending on water temperature, black corals can be very slow growing and can live for several hundred years.

Orange grasping stars are commonly seen
wrapped about black coral stems

A one metre tall black coral at South West Rocks
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