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.

Bubble Corals; Euphyllidae family

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

Galaxea astreata; Euphyllidae family

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