Coral reefs are diverse underwater ecosystems held together by calcium
carbonate structures ..... Many other organisms living in the reef community
contribute skeletal calcium carbonate in the same ...
The term "coral reef plants" has been traditionally used to refer to all
photosynthetic life forms (other than bacteria) commonly found within coral reef
Mangroves make up the third type of plant growing near reefs. The plants help
support a wide range of reef fishes and other marine life that use the coral reefs.
Coral reefs are teeming with life because they provide surfaces on which
organisms can grow and create crevices in which organisms can hide. Coral
About one-third of all marine fish species live part of their lives on coral reefs. ...
The polyps extend their tentacles at night to sting and ingest tiny organisms ...
Coral, a sessile animal, relies on its relationship with plant--like algae to build the
... called symbiosis, that benefits both animal and plant life in the ocean. ... is the
reason why coral reefs are the largest structures of biological origin on Earth, ...
ISBN 1 876945 25 7. 1. Coral reef animals – Queensland – Great Barrier Reef. 2.
Coral reef plants – Queensland – Great Barrier Reef. 3. Coral reef biology –.
Coral reefs contain colorful and amazing animals, but are threatened by human
... that allow the coral polyp to capture small organisms that swim too close.
At first glance, you may think that coral reefs are made up of rocks, but they are
actually live organisms. These organisms are tiny little animals called polyps.
Sep 14, 2012 ... This sprawling coral reef north of Australia is the largest natural structure on ... but
also the largest structure on Earth made by living organisms.