In this movie we see two colonies of Cladocora caespitosa or madrepora pillow (Coral Loaf) found in a few meters of water, the first of about 20 cm in diameter and the second much smaller than about 5 cm, but with the everted polyps in search of food.
Coral Loaf (Cladocora caespitosa), also commonly known as madreporaria for the typical shape of its colonies, is a madrepora of Hexacorallia class. Polyps light garnet color, about 5 millimeters in diameter forming pillow-shaped colonies, in symbiosis with the symbiodinium algae. It produces calcium carbonate deposits which form the limestone caskets in which he lives. It is the largest madrepora the Mediterranean Sea, even reaching 50 cm in diameter.
Author: Andrea Cirivasi