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Soft Corals

The soft corals (Alcyonaria) are a group of soft, often feathery forms, with skeletons composed of calcareous or horny particles imbedded in the body wall. Each polyp of a soft coral has eight tentacles. Among the well-known soft corals are the sea pen, sea pansy, whip coral, and organpipe coral. The precious red coral ( Corallium ) of the Mediterranean Sea, used for jewelry, also belongs to that group. The spicules of its skeleton are fused together.

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