LATIN NAME: Tubastraea coccinea
Orange cup corals are found in abundance on the undersea cliffs of Malpelo island.
They live at depths of between 1 and 37 metres. Orange cup corals live in shady areas, often at entrances to caves or in shipwrecks, in plankton-rich waters and at temperatures ranging from 23 to 26ºC.
This coral feeds mainly on zooplankton. The polyps generally come out at night when the plankton is most abundant, or in choppy waters. The polyps all feed themselves individually. These are known as “voracious” corals as the polyps stay out of their skeletons in the capturing position longer than with other species.
They can measure up to 10 cm in diameter. The base is cup-shaped and 1.5 cm long.