WhyReef - Fun Facts
Fire coral may look harmless, but they can sting! Fire coral has stinging cells called nematocysts, and they fire these cells to catch prey. The stinging cells are very painful to humans, even if you just brush against them while swimming. There are over 50 different species of fire coral. They can look very different from one another, from a branching tree to a plate-like wall.
- Marine Biology Peter Castro, California State Polytechnic University Michael E. Huber, Global Coastal Strategies ISBN: 0072509341 Copyright year: 2005 Chapter 14 – Coral Reefs http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072509341/information_center_view0/chapter_14__coral_reefs.html
- World Wide Web electronic publication. http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=20434386, version (08/2009) http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=20434386
- World Register of Marine Species. World Wide Web electronic publication. http://www.marinespecies.org, version (08/2009). http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=206641
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