Whip Coral and Gor­gonian Sea Fans

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Wire coral and gor­goni­ans are also an­i­mals, although they don’t move about. In var­i­ous parts of the world, a whole host of dif­fer­ent goby species thrive on these long, thin coral whips. Be­ing fish, they are prone to move about quite a lot, and they don’t seem to have one par­tic­u­lar wire coral host; in­stead, they take ad­van­tage of many of them. They are well cam­ou­flaged and van­ish out of sight as soon as a preda­tor comes close sim­ply by jump­ing onto the other side of the whip coral or gor­gonian. Crus­taceans such as the xeno crab and sev­eral type of shrimp like the Zanz­ibar shrimp also spend their lives liv­ing on the wire, and the ever-pop­u­lar pygmy sea­horse has turned cam­ou­flage into an art form – they’re al­most im­pos­si­ble to see.

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