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Very little information is available on Cupressopathes corals. It is not known whether they possess the symbiotic algae, zooxanthellae, within their tissues (3), although many black corals do not. This means that many black corals, unlike numerous other corals, are not restricted to shallow, sunlit waters where the zooxanthellae can photosynthesise, and instead are able to inhabit deep and dark waters (5).


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