A common coral seen in the Virgin Islands, and one of the most beautiful, is pillar coral.
- It is one of the corals which the polyps of its colony can be seen extended during the day. All of the tiny polyps make it appear to shimmer when the water around it moves.
- Colonies can grow as high as 6 ft
- Each colony of pillar coral is either male or female. No co-ed colonies.
In this video you can see an adult yellowtail damselfish, a gray damsel fish, some juvenile bluehead wrasse (they are yellow), a blue tang and a juvenile stripped parrotfish. This pillar coral is surrounded by staghorn coral.
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