Corals are animals that have the structure of a polyp. Other polyps include sea anemones and Portuguese man o' wars.
Coral polyps are attached to the substrate. Substrate can be rock, other corals, marine debris, or other hard surface. Coral polyps are firmly attached to the substrate by a feature called a pedal disc.
A few, dozens, hundreds, and even millions of coral polyps can be attached to an area of substrate. The substrate covered by coral is called a coral branch or coral mound. The community of corals is called a colony.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry colony Noun
group of one species of organism living close together.
tiny ocean animal, some of which secrete calcium carbonate to form reefs.
coral branch Noun
area of substrate covered by coral. Also called a coral mound.
marine debris Noun
garbage, refuse, or other objects that enter the coastal or ocean environment.
Encyclopedic Entry: marine debris pedal disc Noun
in a sea anenome or coral, the thin tissue that attaches the animal to the substrate.
a type of animal with a fixed base, a tubelike body, and tentacles for catching prey.
Portuguese man o' war Noun
large colony of organisms, resembling a jelly, with venomous tentacles.
natural substance composed of solid mineral matter.
sea anemone Noun
type of marine animal related to corals and jellies.
base of hard material on which a non-moving organism grows. Also called substratum.