Research by marine biologists from Wageningen University has shown that feeding on zooplankton by scleractinian corals has been greatly underestimated.
|Written by Tim Wijgerde|
Goniopora sp. (Blainville, 1830)
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.
Veron, J.E.N. and M. Stafford Smith, 2000. Corals of the world. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville. 1382 pp.