Pillar Coral

Dendrogyra cylindricus

Pillar corals are a type of hard coral which live in the western Atlantic Ocean. They are one of the digitate corals which resemble fingers, or a cluster of cigars, growing up from the sea floor, but without any secondary branching.

Pillar corals can grow to be up to 2.5 m tall. They can grow on both flat and sloping sea floors at a depth of between 1 and 20 m . They are one of the few types of hard coral whose polyps can commonly be seen feeding during the day.
Status: Vulnerable
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionCnidaria
ClassAnthozoa
OrderScleractinia
FamilyMeandrinidae
GenusDendrogyra
SpeciesD. cylindricus
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Belize