provided by British Antarctic Survey
Small, individual, pale yellow to orange# cups, up to 5cm in diameter.
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A deep water coral found below 200m. It attaches to hard substrates, often other corals and occurs worldwide, a rarity amongst stony corals.
Desmophyllum dianthus is a suspension feeder. Stony corals, particularly in the tropics, often have symbiotic algae living within their tissue whose by-products greatly supplement the corals food supply, but Desmophyllum dianthus lives too deep for these algae to grow, as they require light.
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