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Index of flora
Index of fauna
Kingdom Animale | Phylum Cnidaria (=Coelenterata) | Class Anthozoa
 
Photo by Tan Bee Hong
Alcyonium
Soft Corals
Order Alcyonacea


Alcyonium
often forms massive branching colonies, sometimes spanning several metres across the reef flat, and have internal skeletons of separate chalk spicules.
In the brightly coloured soft
Photo by Tan Bee Hong
Dendronephthya
corals of the genus Dendronephthya, the sharp spicules project out of the branches.

All feed on microscopic plankton. Since they not produce a rigid calcium carbonate skeleton, they do not contribute to the growth of the reef.
Introduction
Shore environment
 
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre