Marine Biology

leptocyathus anker ig

A member of the Hexacorallia, a group of star corals with hexagonal symmetry, Leptocyathus was an important coral reef builder. The soft-bodied Hexacoralla live singly or in colonies and secrete a hard calcite skeleton. Although this coral is now extinct, its fossilized skeleton was illustrated by Prof. Ernst Haeckel and has now been interpreted in three dimensions by Ontogenie.

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