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Brain Coral Facts and Pictures

Most brain coral is spheroid shaped with a grooved surface. It belongs in a family with the coral scientific name of Faviidae.

It gets the common name of brain coral because of its similarity in appearance to animals' brains. Stony coral polyps secrete a tough calcium carbonate skeleton. This helps to create its unique cranium shaped formation.

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Scientists believe the largest and most formidable brain corals live up to 1,000 years. Faviidae are slow growing corals, but often reach a height of almost two meters. They are often nicknamed 'brain coral flower animals'. Thus, you find them most in shallow coral reef gardens of every warm-water ocean.

Brain corals tentacles help it to feed during the dark hours. Most brain coral feed on tiny drifting animals suspended in the water column. They also use the same hard surfaced sweeper tentacles in the day time. But, this time they provide protection against rough seas and predatory fish.

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Brain Corals | Scientific Name Faviidae

Pictures of Brain Coral: You can find isolated pockets of Brain Coral and Fire Coral in the Gulf of Thailand. The Pattaya fish species section has more information. Check out other marine life found in the shallow waters around the coral islands.

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