a tube-like or conical skeletal structure consisting of a combination of radial elements (mainly, septa, septal spines, costae), axial structures, concentric elements (e.g. dissepiments, synapticulae), basal elements (tabulae) and enclosing thecal elements (walls). This complete suite of elements is not necessarily present in every coral. The corallite includes both the distal structure last occupied by a polyp (i.e. calice) and all the more proximal structures representing its successive growth history from the point of its inception. In the complete or partial absence of wall structures, there is no clearly definite visual limit to a corallite, and in this case the other structures present are collectively referred to as centres.


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This version was contributed by Ken Johnson on 22-Apr-2008 14:35.

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