RSS Octocorals (soft corals) found to be reef builders

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    From It is common knowledge that the aragonite skeletons of stony corals are the foundation of coral reefs. In contrast, octocorals deposit calcite sclerites as internal supporting structures, and are thought to be insignificant contributors to permanent reefs. Based on field surveys and microscopic examination of fossil boulders and live colonies, we conclude that components of permanent reef structures can be produced by sinularian octocorals.

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