Thursday, May 14, 2015

Antler Coral

Watercolor, Pen and Ink on Arches 140lb. Hot Press
Matted in a 5x7'' Ivory Matt
Pocillopora eydouxi

The genus Pocillopora is comprised of a group of stony corals from the family Pocilloporidae, and are commonly referred to as “Cauliflower” or “Brush” corals.  Pocillopora corals are known as “reef-builders”, and they are one of four species of coral that have largely contributed to Hawaiian reef construction.  Antler corals, specifically, are found in colonies that can measure up to three feet (90 cm) and they obtain their nutrients from symbiotic zooxanthellae.  Ancient Hawaiians used coral (Ko’a in Hawaiian) to file or sand wooden objects, and it was also important in the building of Heiau (temples) dedicated to fishing.  

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