Is Coral a Plant?


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Coral is not a plant but an animal. Corals are often mistakenly thought to be plants because they are sessile, which refers to their behavior of attaching themselves to the bottom of the ocean.

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Since corals are permanently attached, they have arms resembling tentacles that are used to get food from the surrounding water. Some of coral's relatives include jellyfish and sea anemones. Corals are considered to be carnivorous invertebrates. A large group of coral, known as a colony, consists of hundreds or thousands of polyps, which individually are between a quarter of an inch and a foot in size. A single polyp can live from two years to a couple of centuries, and colonies can survive for several centuries.

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