There are two deep sea stony corals shown here. The fan-like growths belong to Desmophyllum dianthus, a solitary coral consisting of a single large polyp. These are growing on the coral Enallopsammia rostrata, which is made up of an interconnecting network of polyps.
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NIWA – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
Photograph by Alan Blacklock
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