Black and Wire Coral; Antipatharia family

Black and Wire Coral are found in deeper waters at a few Koh Phangan local dive sites. Their living tissue is brightly coloured, but the family takes its name from the distinctive black colour of the corals keratin skeleton.
If you look carefully when diving you will find that wire corals are host to the beautiful Sawblade Shrimp.

Myriopathes species, Black Coral

Not Giant Hydroids as we previously thought...

Cirrhipathes species, Wire Corals

Growing where the stronger currents run - sometimes in interesting shapes.

Antipathes species, Black Corals

Looking like a skinny underwater bush, in shades of white, yellow and orange.