The Planted Tank Forum banner
1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
is Coral considered a plant or animal?

To me it almost seem like a hybrid between an animal and a plant with attributes of both.

Almost alien in nature :eek:
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
17 Posts
Animals, marine invertebrates, with radial symmetry like a starfish or sea urchin. Some corals derive much of their nutrition from symbiotic photosynthetic dinoflagellates that live within them. The photosynthetic organisms are why the reef aquarium folks are always looking for brighter and brighter lights.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Animals, marine invertebrates, with radial symmetry like a starfish or sea urchin. Some corals derive much of their nutrition from symbiotic photosynthetic dinoflagellates that live within them. The photosynthetic organisms are why the reef aquarium folks are always looking for brighter and brighter lights.
Its kind of strange to have an animal using photosynthesis Normally photosynthesis is considered to be in plant leaves.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
538 Posts
Its kind of strange to have an animal using photosynthesis Normally photosynthesis is considered to be in plant leaves.
The coral itself does not do the photosynthesis. There are small organisms that live with the coral that do that. They are two separate organisms that work together for mutual benefit, i.e. "symbiotically".
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top