Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Corals as Individuals – The Polyp

Welcome to our polyp tissue interactive Termigator – just click the terms in red to load captions and use the “more information” links to explore deeper. There are many terms that describe the tissues of the living coral animal, here we explore an introductory suite used by the Coral Finder and Coral Hub.

The individual coral animal is called the polyp. This simple sac-like animal secretes and lives in a skeleton cup made of calcium carbonate, called a corallite. Together the tissue and the skeleton of a coral colony is called the corallum (or coralla – plural). The linked articles illustrate the key terms relating to the polyp that you will need to understand to identify corals and negotiate the literature. For information on the corallite and skeleton select the tab labelled Coral as Individuals – The Corallite.

Learning Resources


Suggested Reading

  • Veron, J. E. N. (2000). Corals of the World. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Marine Science.