Sclerites

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Examples of sclerites for a soft coral, they are the white, rice looking objects.

The calcareous particles contained within the tissue of soft corals are called Sclerites. The shape, ornamentation and size are characteristic of each species and are the most important diagnostic feature[1].

References

  1. (Mather Bennett 1994): Mather, P., Bennett, I., A coral reef handbook, Surrey Beatty and Sons: Chipping Norton, 1994.