Organ Red Pipe Coral 8.5"x6"
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The Organ Red Pipe coral (Tubipora musica) is native to the waters of the Indian ocean and the central and western regions of the Pacific ocean. It is the only known speciesof the genus Tubipora. This species is a soft coral but with a unique, hard skeleton that contains many organ-pipe like tubes. On each tube is a series of polyps which each have eight feather-like tentacles . These tentacles are usually extended during the day, but will swiftly withdraw with any sort of disturbance. The skeleton is a bright red color, but is typically obscured by the numerous polyps, which are green or gray in color. In size, colonies can reach up to a meter across, while the individual polyps are typically less than 3 mm wide and a few mm long. They are restricted to shallow waters and tend to live in sheltered areas where they eat plankton. They are close relatives to other soft coral and sea fans. This species is sometimes kept in aquariums, but is temperamental, and is difficult to maintain.
Coral is a wonderful accent piece for your beach or vacation home but is just a stunning in more traditional settings. We absolutely love mixing coral with our vintage industrial decor, we find it softens the look and the pop of color and organic shapes really add "wow factor" to the industrial look.
No harm was done to the coral reefs to get this coral. It has been aquacultured or grown in tidal pools to be harvested. They follow strict regulations, just as the timber industry, and replant constantly the coral that is removed.
Treasures from Beneath ONLY sells ocean coral that has been deemed safe by C.I.T.I.E.S., to ensure that international trade in specimens of sea life does not threaten their survival. Much of the sea coral has been farmed for collection which helps coastal coral farming communities.
Please note, this is natural coral, there may be some irregularities and broken tips from harvesting etc. You will receive exactly what you see here and it will be very carefully packed for safe shipping.