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One from ages ago... a lump of GBR life


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#1 Craig Ruaux

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Posted 07 October 2004 - 07:47 PM

I've never had an identification of this mass of life. Shot on the northern Great Barrier Reef with an MX-10 using accessory macro lens + framer, so the mass is probably 5-6 cm (2 inches) across.

This is from my very very early days of shooting underwater, and kinda embarasses me to look at it now :oops:, but I still have a small hankering to work out what it was.

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#2 Leslie

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Posted 07 October 2004 - 08:00 PM

It's bubble coral, Pleurogyra sinuosa, isn't it? Looks kinda naked without a bubble shrimp or an orangatan crab sitting on it.....
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#3 Craig Ruaux

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Posted 07 October 2004 - 08:09 PM

I think you may be right Leslie. Sheesh, four years of wondering what it was, 13 minutes on Wetpixel, <Nextel chirp>DONE<Nextel chirp>.

Thanks Leslie.

BTW: Googlewhacking reveals that most people seem to spell the genus Plerogyra... I'm happy to be told otherwise, authoritatively :)
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#4 Leslie

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Posted 07 October 2004 - 08:12 PM

:oops: .... spelling has never been one of my strong points!

#5 james

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Posted 07 October 2004 - 09:03 PM

Hi Craig,

Here's a larger Plerogyra or bubble coral:

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I took this shot in Fiji during the Backscatter digital shootout. Bubble coral is a very popular specimen among reef aquarium enthusiasts. Unfortunately, it's very hard to propagate in captivity.

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