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Chaotic polyp development ()


Rugose mass of irregular, elongated and twisted corallites extending outward from surface of the colony in a chaotic manner
Photo: Andrew Bruckner

Chaotic polyp development identification

Focal or multifocal lesions, spherical to irregularly shaped, raised above the colony surface. The protuberant lesion consist of abnormally arranged calices and coenosteum; Lesions are usually covered by intact normal-appearing tissue, similar in coloration (sometimes lighter or darker, but zooxanthellae present) to adjacent tissue. Up to 10-cm or more in diameter; develop on any region of the colony

Chaotic polyp development and monitoring effort over time

Global occurrence of