[Coral-List] Coral immortality

Douglas Fenner douglasfenner at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 17 15:16:53 EDT 2011

Each polyp goes on living (unless something kills it), connected to all the 
other polyps, a colony  is all one organism made of repeated polyp modules.  
Polyps are also a bit like individuals, when a colony breaks the fragment can 
live on as polyps are self-contained units.  Individual cells  are replaced I 
believe, as they are in some human tissues (especially skin and digestive 
system).    Doug

From: Roy Ducote <scubadivingdoc at yahoo.com>
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Subject: [Coral-List] Coral immortality

Question from a non- academic:

What is happening at the individual polyp level? Does each polyp go on living or 
is there regular polyp death and replacement so that the carbonate structure 
seems immortal but the individual biological organism is not? 

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