Oculina varicosa

Overview

Common NameIvory Tree Coral
Number of Contigs31
Number of ESTs333
Background:
Oculina varicosa (Lesueur, 1821) is commonly known as the Ivory Tree Coral. This coral grows in temperate to tropical regions of the western Atlantic from North Carolina to the Caribbean. O. varicosa often inhabits shallow environments such as coral reefs, where like many corals it lives in a symbiotic relationship with dinoflagellates, known as zooxanthellae (Symbiodinium spp.). It also has the ability to live ahermatypically (without zooxanthellae) allowing these corals to grow at depths up to 150 meters.