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Other special relationships

Lobster

Lobster

A coral reef is home to thousands of different species of animals. Most would not survive if the coral reef disappeared. These are a few of the animals that live among a coral reef.

Giant clam
They can live for 100 years and grow to over 100 kg.

Snails
Some snails use their hard tongue called a radula to scrape seaweed from rocks. Other snails can use their radula to drill into other shellfish so they can eat them.

Sea slugs
The sea slug is very colourful and swims slowly.

Sea stars
Many types of sea stars crawl around the reef. The suckers, called tube feet, along their arms help them to move.

Echinoderm

Echinoderm

Fish

Fish

Sea urchins
They also have rows of tube feet. Their many spines protect them from hungry fish.

Shrimps
Busy shrimps look for small pieces of food. They help to keep the reef clean.

Green sea turtle
They can grow to 180 kg. They must lay their eggs on a beach in a hole in the sand.

Fish
There are hundreds of species of colourful fish with different shapes, sizes and patterns taking advantage of every nook and cranny.

Reef shark
These sharks eat dying and dead animals and prevent dead animals form polluting the water.

Anemone

Anemone

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