Adopt an Eusmilia Fastigiata
"Smooth Flower" Coral Species
About this coral species:
Eusmilia fastigiata, commonly known as “smooth flower” coral is a colonial species that grows to about 50 centimeters (20 in) across. It forms a low mound of stony calcium carbonate, the surface is covered with tubular projections, in groups of one to three. The polyps protrude from these and are either round or oval, with the oval form being more common at moderate depths. This coral is usually cream, yellow or pale brown, often with a green or pink tinge.
Life on Zoe:
Two colonies of the smooth flower coral are now flourishing on Zoe. They form tubular clumps of corallites without living tissue in between. Its translucent tentacles are seen during darkness only but you can see their hidden tips on this close-up picture.
They are large and widely spaced and are connected by a layer of translucent, jelly-like mesoglea tissue called coenosarc which covers the surface of the carbonate skeleton. During the day they are retracted back into the cup-shaped corallites. These have large smooth-edged ridges called septa, and the polyps have corresponding grooves at their base. At night, the polyps stretch out their translucent white tentacles to feed and the coral “flowers”.
Smooth Flower Coral Species Symbolic Adoption
You or your gift recipient will receive a certificate of adoption with the name you designate. This certificate will be sent along with the coral image to the email address you provided. You are symbolically adopting one of eleven unique species currently living and being planted on Zoe – A Living Sea Sculpture.
You or your gift recipient receives a print quality image of the adopted coral species on Zoe – A Living Sea Sculpture. This image will be emailed to the email address you provide.
Print your image, share it with friends on social media, or use it as your screensaver… Use your image in ways that spark joy in your world to remind you how you’re helping support the conditions for coral reefs to flourish.
Your Symbolic Coral Adoption
Your $25 coral adoption covers two restoration divers’ tanks and materials to cultivate new, healthy coral colonies.
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About Your Adoption
90% of spending from coral adoptions goes toward paying for tanks, supplies, and on-location activities for the coral restoration team. The remaining 10% goes toward other business and administration fees and expenses. By making your purchase you acknowledge and agree to our Terms of Sale.
We send you a print-quality adoption certificate and photo of your coral by email to reduce our carbon footprint and enable you to decide how you want to use your images.
You have the choice to print, use your image as your screensaver or desktop image, share images of your adoption with family and friends on social media, and other creative ways that are meaningful to you. These images are for your personal use only and may not be reproduced for commercial use. Please see the Terms of Sale for more information.
This is a one-time symbolic adoption of a coral species currently growing on Zoe in Cozumel, Mexico. If you’d like to be a recurring monthly or annual donor at another level, please head over to our Patreon page where our monthly and annual members can sign up to receive private posts and perks from our founder Colleen Flanigan.
Photographs of corals by Zoe biologist Solène Jonveaux with “Zoe research camera” donated by Katie Garrison and Patreon members