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Branching Coral | Pillar Coral | Table Coral | Elkhorn Coral | Foliose Coral | Encrusting Coral | Massive Coral | Mushroom Coral
Corals with foliose or whorl-like growth patterns form beautiful structures that have been compared to the open petals of a flower. The coral's folds and convolutions greatly increases its surface area, and the spaces in between the whorls may provide shelter for fish and invertebrates. (Photo: Linda Wade)