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Brain Coral Illustration


brain and boulder star corals

Brain Coral, Boulder Star Coral, and other marine plants and animals, watercolor pencils, watercolor and gouache

About the illustration:
Commissioned by: Smithsonian Institute

coral reef
Further information about this illustration is detailed here: coral reef

1. About brain coral (Lobophyllia):

These corals are named for their resemblance to the human brain. Their life span is about 200 years. They are nocturnal.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria (simple animals including sea anemones, jellyfish, and corals, among others)
Class: Anthozoa (includes sea anemones and corals)
Subclass: Hexacorallia
Order: Scleractinia (stony corals, they generate a hard skeleton)
Suborder: Faviina
Family: Faviidae
Genus: Lobophyllia

2. About boulder star coral (Montastraea annularis):

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria (simple animals including sea anemones, jellyfish, and corals, among others)
Class: Anthozoa (includes sea anemones and corals)
Subclass: Hexacorallia
Order: Scleractinia (stony corals, they generate a hard skeleton)
Suborder: Faviina
Family: Faviidae
Genus: Montastraea
Species: Montastraea annularis

More about the coral in this illustration:

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute: Boulder Star Coral
Monterey Bay Aquarium Online Field Guide: Brain Coral
Shedd Aquarium: Brain Coral



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