20 Jun '12, 3am

The Annotated Budak: No soft spots by @budak

The Annotated Budak: No soft spots by @budak

Despite the name, soft corals can be anything but. An attempt to palm the terminal clusters of a colony of nephtheids, specifically the cauliflower-like puffs that proliferate on soft northern shores, can result in a hand of skinny pricks from minute spikes that surround each pink polyp. Possibly a member of an azooxanthellate genus of octocorals, the colonies consist of a stout trunk ending in multiple branches bearing umbellate or glomerate bundles of indistinguishable individuals. The supporting structure is strengthened by calcareous sclerites and may be wholly obscured by the bushy bits, especially when the tissue loses water during periods of emersion. For various marine invertebrates, these corals offer a refuge of dense brollies and dendritic mazes. Brittle stars and porcelain crabs are benign houseguests that latch on for a better bite of the planktonic soup. The ...

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