Burning Banana Stylocoeniella
Burning Banana Stylocoeniella – Stylocoeniella are an encrusting stony coral that has features similar to small polyp stony corals such as Montipora but also bear some similarities to the small polyp varieties of Goniopora depending on how extended the polyps are. It does have a common name, that being “thorn coral” because they often host these wormlike critters whose tubes extend out from the colony making it look like a thorny ball.
In terms of taxonomy, their classification is every bit as oddball as their name. They are a member of the sub-order Astrocoeniina and the family Astrocoeniidae.