Euphylliidae family

The Euphylliidae family were originally mainly large-polyped stony corals. A recent taxonomic reshuffle has now included the seemingly atypical genus Galaxea within this family.

The opaque, bean-like structures regulate the light available to the photosynthetic algae in the corallum hidden below.

We are still trying to find out why this coral is in the same family as the bubble corals...