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Green Brain Coral - Goniastrea sp.
What you see in this photo is a live Green Brain Coral of the genus Goniastrea (Scleractinia - Faviidae), which is widespread in the Indo-Pacific forming massive mounds, thick encrusting colonies or may tend towards columns. Colonies are common in sub-tidal and some inter-tidal areas.
The corallites of Goniastrea vary from single-mouth, rounded with shared walls through to multiple-mouth, weakly meandering with thin shared walls.  Corallites are neat with fine, uniform septa (purple in the photo).
Technique: Phase contrast illumination
Reference: [1]
Photo credit: ©James H. Nicholson | Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition (2011)

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