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Brain Coral Facts

Brain coral is mostly spheroid shaped with a grooved surface. It belongs in a family with the coral scientific name of Faviidae but more commonly called brain coral because of its similarity in appearance to an animals' brain. Stony coral polyps secrete a tough calcium carbonate skeleton forming its unique cranium shaped formation.

The largest and most formidable brain corals are thought to live nearly 1,000 years.

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Faviidae are slow growing but often reach a height of almost two meters. They are often nicknamed 'brain coral flower animals' and usually found in shallow coral reefs of every warm-water ocean.

Brain corals tentacles help it to feed at night, with most brain coral feeding on tiny drifting animals suspended in the water column. They use the same hard surfaced sweeper tentacles in the day time for protection against rough seas and predatory fish.

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Pictures of Brain Coral: There are isolated pockets of Brain Coral and Fire Coral found in the Gulf of Thailand but our Pattaya fish species section has information about other marine life found in the shallow waters around the coral islands.

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