Image: Scleractinian coral, Thecosmilia trichotoma

Scleractinian coral, Thecosmilia trichotoma

Scleractinian coral, Thecosmilia trichotoma, based on fossil from France. Middle Jurassic, 170 million years ago.

Creator:
Anne Musser
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© Australian Museum

Notes

Scleractinian corals appeared in the Middle Triassic and are the ancestors of modern corals. This species was a colonial coral made up of a number of polyps.

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