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Stony coral (1st of 3)

Stony coral

Beds of stony coral grow at depths of 900–1,000 metres on the Chatham Rise seamounts. They provide habitat for brittle stars, bristleworms and squat lobsters. The beds are fragile, however, and can be damaged by deep-water trawling.

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Ashley Rowden, 'Sea floor - Life on the deep sea floor', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 August 2022)

Story by Ashley Rowden, published 12 Jun 2006