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organ-pipe coral

an alcyonarian coral of the genus Tubipora, occurring in tropical waters, and forming a complex colony of brick-red, vertical tubules joined at intervals by transverse plates.
Origin of organ-pipe coral
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Because of the appearance of the skeleton certain corals have received common names, as the organ-pipe coral, brain coral, etc.

  • Tubipora, the organ-pipe coral, has green polyps emanating from its red tubes.

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