Corals: up close and personal

Corals come in many shapes and sizes. This amazing diversity is useful as well as beautiful.

On the reef, they provide shelter for animals and a base for other creatures to grow on. The unique structures of their colonies viewed up close gives scientists a way to identify them.

Let Invertebrates Collections Manager Miranda Lowe take you on a journey through some of the fascinating forms corals can take using examples from our collection.