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Black coral
Image ID: 29749
Common Name: Black coral
Scientific Name: Antipathes fiordensis
Location: Fiordland, New Zealand
Description: Black corals are colonies of hexacorals with tiny polyps. Some are bushy and tree-like. Mostly they live in deep water, but in Fiordland on the South-West coast of New Zealand the black coral Antipathella fiordensis can live in relatively shallow depths, where peat acids in the water restrict sunlight from penetrating. The fiords support one of the world’s largest populations of black coral trees (about 7 million colonies), with some of them up to 200 years old.
Keywords: Black coral, Antipathes fiordensis, Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Antipatharia, Fiordland, New Zealand, hexacoral, black, white
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