Brain Coral Facts and Pictures

Taxonomy [Phylum: Cnidaria] [Class: Anthozoa] [Family: Merulinidae] [Order: Scleractinia]

This part of our snorkeling blog contains brain coral facts and pictures. Most brain coral is spheroid shaped with a grooved surface.

It gets the common name of grooved brain coral because of its similarity in appearance to the brains of animals. Stony coral polyps secrete a tough calcium carbonate skeleton. This helps to create its unique cranium shaped formation (i.e. like a brain).

Interesting Facts about Brain Coral

Scientists believe the largest and most formidable brain corals live up to 1,000 years. Diploria labyrinthiformis (scientific name) are slow growing corals, but often reach a height of almost two (2) metres.

They are often nicknamed ‘brain coral flower animals’. Thus, you find them most in shallow coral reef gardens of every warm-water ocean.

Brain coral tentacles help it to feed during the dark hours. Most brain corals feed on tiny drifting animals suspended in the water column.

They also use the same hard surfaced sweeper tentacles in the day time. But, this time they provide protection against rough seas and predatory fish invading their habitat.

Brain Coral Pictures

Brain coral facts and pictures.

Brain Coral Facts:

You will find isolated pockets of brain coral, along with the fire coral species, in many of the top snorkeling destinations (e.g. Phuket and the Gulf of Thailand).

Furthermore, the marine fish species section has more information about the creatures that people on our Pattaya snorkeling tours often see. Check out other marine life found in the shallow waters around the coral islands.