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Corals are not the only animals on the reef to benefit from the presence of algae.
One of the most spectacular of all mollusks, the giant clam (Tridacna), keeps a
population of zooxanthellae in its mantle — the tissue layer that secretes its shell.
Limpets generally feed by grazing on algal growths on rocks. A Pacific rocky
shore invertebrate known as the owl limpet carries its taste for algae one step
further than its smaller relatives. This simple animal farms algae by maintaining a
One plant that has accomplished both of these objectives is the coralline algae.
Composed of calcium carbonate whose strength gives greater protection from the
waves, this plant can be either encrusting (growing flat against the rock) or ...
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