JungleDragon is a nature and wildlife community for photographers, travellers and anyone who loves nature. We're genuine, free, ad-free and beautiful.

Join

Orange/Sun Cup Coral Orange cup coral or sun coral (Tubastrea faulkneri) is a large polyp stony coral (LPS) from the family Dendrophyliidae. The name Tubastrea is broken down from Latin: tubus, meaning tube, and astron, meaning star. The name likely reflects the skeletal structure of the coral, which is like a tube, and the polyp at the tip which is shaped somewhat like a star. Often in the wild you will find orange cup or sun corals upside down near the entrances of caves or within sunken ships. This position serves two purposes in that it helps the animal trap planktonic food and also prevents debris such as sand from accumulating on the coral.<br />
Habitat: Goby&#039;s Rock. Lankayan Island, Sabah. Fall,Geotagged,Malaysia,Orange cup coral,Tubastrea faulkneri Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Orange/Sun Cup Coral

Orange cup coral or sun coral (Tubastrea faulkneri) is a large polyp stony coral (LPS) from the family Dendrophyliidae. The name Tubastrea is broken down from Latin: tubus, meaning tube, and astron, meaning star. The name likely reflects the skeletal structure of the coral, which is like a tube, and the polyp at the tip which is shaped somewhat like a star. Often in the wild you will find orange cup or sun corals upside down near the entrances of caves or within sunken ships. This position serves two purposes in that it helps the animal trap planktonic food and also prevents debris such as sand from accumulating on the coral.
Habitat: Goby's Rock. Lankayan Island, Sabah.

    comments (14)

  1. Beautiful capture! I have created the species record, please proceed further with the identification.
    Jivko
    Posted 5 years ago
  2. Thanks! Posted 5 years ago
  3. Spectacular to say the least. Posted 5 years ago
  4. Thanks Mark :-) Posted 5 years ago
  5. Wonderful! Posted 5 years ago
  6. WOW! Gorgeous! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 3 years ago
  7. Today's Facebook post:

    Sun corals are large-polyp stony corals, which means that even though they produce a hard skeleton, they don’t build reefs. In addition, they are not photosynthetic. Instead, they are heterotrophic and use their tentacles to catch zooplankton. Since they don’t require sunlight for nourishment, sun corals are often found in deep waters. {Tubastrea faulkneri spotted in Malaysia by JungleDragon moderator, Marta Rubio Texeira} #JungleDragon #Suncoral #Tubastreafaulkneri
    Posted one year ago
    1. Thank you for the highlights! I am currently busy organizing old photos in new Flickr albums but at some point I will come back to add new beauties from my latest trips. Cheers! Posted one year ago
      1. You're welcome, Marta! Can't wait to see your latest photos <3. Posted one year ago
  8. Beautiful Posted 2 months ago
    1. Many thanks! :-) Posted 2 months ago
  9. Looks like a bouquet of flowers. Very nice! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thank you ????! Posted 2 months ago

Sign in or Join in order to comment.

Orange cup coral or sun coral (Tubastrea faulkneri) is a large polyp stony coral (LPS) from the family Dendrophyliidae. The name Tubastrea is broken down from Latin: tubus, meaning tube, and astron, meaning star.

Similar species: Stony Corals
Species identified by Patomarazul
View Patomarazul's profile

By Patomarazul

All rights reserved
Uploaded Jun 5, 2016. Captured Oct 1, 2015 06:02 in Malaysia.
  • XZ-1
  • f/2.5
  • 1/125s
  • ISO160
  • 6mm