Red coral (Errina novaezelandiae) is not a true coral, but a related type of animal – a hydrocoral. It is a colonial animal made up of separate individuals, each with its own feeding and defence systems. Usually hydrocorals grow only in the deep ocean, but in the fiords of south-western New Zealand red coral grows at depths of 20 metres. It is a protected species.
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