Colonies are large plates or tables which are up to 25 mm thick and finely structured. Corallites are long, thin and tubular.
Sea Urchin and Giant Clam
Sea urchin, the small, spiny, globular animal and the the giant clam nestled among the coral.
Lace corals form ornate tree-like structures, with all the flattened, blunt-ended branches growing in one plane.
Colonies are dome-shaped or flat with thick walled and circular corallites and the polyps are fleshy and circular in outline.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the Fish & Wildlife Service in the Marine Monuments Program of the Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office (PIRAMO). For more information contact: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge, Box 50167, Honolulu, HI 96850 808-792-9540.Marine Monuments and Wildlife Refuges of the Central Pacific Ocean
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Check out the latest introductory film produced by NOAA showing never before seen footage of the Marine National Monuments of the Pacific. Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument that was expanded September 2014 by President Obama. The film highlights the cultural significance and natural life that encompasses the largest marine conservation area in the world.
The Deepest Waters
The removal of the shipwrecks and coral reef recovery work is one of the largest coral reef recovery projects in the Pacific Ocean.Reef Restoration Wreck Removal Project
Found living on the surface of reefs or sand, or partly embedded in coral, the small giant clam occupies well lit areas, due to its symbiotic relationship with photosynthetic algae, which require sunlight for energy production.
Last Updated: May 15, 2015