Goniopora

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Goniopora

Goniopora is a genus of hermatypic, zooxanthellate corals. Goniopora spp. have polyps with 24 tentacles, unlike their close relatives from the genus Alveopora which all have twelve. These corals thrive in plankton-rich waters. Plankton uptake is usually not visible macroscopically, however particles in the pico- and nanoplankton ranges (2 - 20 μm), such as bacteria and small protozoa, may be taken up by beating cilia and flagella located on and inside the polyps.