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Right: Photograph of the soft coral Alcyonium glomeratum (Hassall) by Gordon Fletcher.

Closely related to Alcyonium digitatum (Dead men's fingers), glomeratum is less robust, and the polyps are white, providing a contrast in colour with the body of the colony, which can vary between pale orange and red. When disturbed the polyps retract, leaving the orange spongy body.

  Pale white polyps contrasting against the orangy mass of the body of the colony.

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