Low Relief Lettuce Coral

Low Relief Lettuce Coral Fossil (Agaricia, humilis)

Low Relief Lettuce Coral Fossil (Agaricia, humilis)

Low relief lettuce coral is common in the open seas of the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida, often scattered among other corals in inner bays and sometimes on mangrove roots. It can thrive from shallow sea levels to the lower depth limits of the reef, approximately 60 meters deep. This species has a widespread distribution. It shows a number of growth forms. It can appear saucer like on cliff sides or small half moon shaped in shallow depths. In depths deeper than 10 meters, the coral forms broad vertical scales with corallites on one side only.

CLASSIFICATION:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Cnidardia (C is silent) Marine group with stinging cells
  • Class: Anthozoa – Flower Animal
  • Order: Scleratinia – Reef building stony corals
  • Family: Agariciidae – includes cactus coralselephant skin coralsplate corals and lettuce corals. Members of the family include symbiotic algae called Zooxanthellae in their tissues which help provide their energy
  • Genus: Agaricia – lettuce corals
  • Species: humilis – low relief
Winkie, Joe, Johnny and Joey

Winkie, Joe, Johnny and Joey

 

 My mother in law Winifred (Winkie) loved collecting coral during Florida vacations in the 60’s and 70’s.  My late husband, Joseph, came from a hard working family in the 50’s living in Detroit. His dad, Joseph, was a designer for Chrysler Corporation and designed an amphibious vehicle used in WWII.    

I feel honored to have samples from her coral collection and am excited to share it with you. She would have been thrilled by this.  

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10 thoughts on “Low Relief Lettuce Coral

  1. The second image looks like a species of brain coral, e.g. as found on Bahamian reefs. Are they related? Or just a bit similar? Or even, to the expert, totally different things? RH (PS nice photo)

    • They are very similar in appearance, but the brain coral is more meandering with more open coralite trails. They come from different families, but both are stony corals. You can scroll down where I have posted some brain coral from my collection or go to Florida Corals on the side bar under Classifications. Take Care, Kathi

    • Acidity in the oceans from pollutants have played a big part causing the coral diseases . . . Yes, I feel very fortunate to have her collection and it’s fun to show it off and I agree, she was very beautiful; on inside too!

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