Coral

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This is a colonial coral, that is, a colony of corals growing together to form a structure much larger than the individuals that make it up. These are also reef building corals that today form tropical coral reefs around the world. They are quite unlike solitary corals (see lower photo) that grow on hard surfaces such as bare rock.

Find out more on the corals page.

Common name

Coral

Scientific name

Gastrea

Type

Other


Strata

Forest Marble

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

165 million years

Where found

Herbury, near Langton Herring

Found by

Adrian Brokenshire

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.12125