astronomy-to-zoology:

"Flower Pot Coral" (Genus: Goniopora)

Goniopora is a genus of colonial stony coral which occurs in lagoons and areas with turbid water conditions throughout the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and various tropical and subtropical areas of the Pacific Ocean. Like other colonial stony coralsΒ GonioporaΒ spp. are carnivorous and will feed on passing invertebrates and organic matter which are caught by their stinging nematocysts.Β 

Classification

Animalia-Cnidaria-Anthozoa-Hexacorallia-Scleractinia-Portidae-Goniopora

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