This coral with a calcareous skeleton is a Scleractinian. It is a reef-builder and grows more slowly than soft coral. It lives in symbiosis with zooxanthellae, which help to precipitate calcium dissolved in water by absorbing carbon dioxide from the water during photosynthesis.
- Scientific name:
- Pavona cactus
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Tropical zone of the Indo-West Pacific Ocean, Red Sea.
Between depths of 0 and 40 m along the neritic zone, i.e. close to the coast.
A few centimetres, the leaves are 4 to 5 mm thick.