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Any ideas of what these corals are or were when they were alive?

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Joevember

The non-branching ones look like tracyphyllia or some other species of brain coral. 

I haven't seen a coral skeleton that looks like the branching one you have, but the indentations look similar to those found in bryzoan colonies. I'm have no place here identifying bryzoa though 😄

Might be some sort of cold water coral too, who knows...

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36 minutes ago, Joevember said:

The non-branching ones look like tracyphyllia or some other species of brain coral. 

I haven't seen a coral skeleton that looks like the branching one you have, but the indentations look similar to those found in bryzoan colonies. I'm have no place here identifying bryzoa though 😄

Might be some sort of cold water coral too, who knows...

I may have found a match for one of them! 

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Tired

Do you know where they lived when they were alive? That would help. 

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53 minutes ago, Tired said:

Do you know where they lived when they were alive? That would help. 

I figured one out!  It's a rose coral! Manicina areolata. Native to the Caribbean and Atlantic. The other branching coral skeletons was mixed with a bunch of shells we bought at a yard sale.No idea of where they came from. The skeleton pictured below I bought from eBay

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jcrisman2009

I did some research and this skeleton looks closest to the Oculina family. I need someone to verify if it is or isn't an Oculina! Y'all know anyone who knows a biologist?

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Joevember

I'm not a marine biologist, but it looks pretty darn close. Nice researching!

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TerraIncognita

Definitely looks like it’s in this family.

 

short of a marine biologist I think you found it man. Don’t get to hung up on it.

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TerraIncognita
On 8/25/2020 at 10:48 PM, jcrisman2009 said:

I figured one out!  It's a rose coral! Manicina areolata. Native to the Caribbean and Atlantic. The other branching coral skeletons was mixed with a bunch of shells we bought at a yard sale.No idea of where they came from. The skeleton pictured below I bought from eBay

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I tHink the very first photo in this post is more likely a chalise or similar encrusting coral. It doesn’t have ridges and divisions of heads like a brain coral, kind of like one solid skin. Surface. Just a guess.

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10 hours ago, Joevember said:

I'm not a marine biologist, but it looks pretty darn close. Nice researching!

There are only 5 variants...some are rare.

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11 hours ago, TerraIncognita said:

Definitely looks like it’s in this family.

 

short of a marine biologist I think you found it man. Don’t get to hung up on it.

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I get hung up when it comes to coral skeletons because I worry about if they're from an endangered species...

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jcrisman2009

then again... It could be one of these lol

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Tired

Wherever it's from, it's dead already, so I don't think there's any harm in you having it. If you're worried it might not be legal to have, you could just put it outside somewhere, then you don't have it any more.

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mcarroll
On 8/25/2020 at 10:53 PM, jcrisman2009 said:

Any ideas of what these corals are or were when they were alive?

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Spend some time browsing the species factsheets at http://coralsoftheworld.org

 

There's a pretty good chance you can find at least one matching skeleton for each one.  They have great photos on virtually every entry.

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5 hours ago, mcarroll said:

Spend some time browsing the species factsheets at http://coralsoftheworld.org

 

There's a pretty good chance you can find at least one matching skeleton for each one.  They have great photos on virtually every entry.

that's the site i have been using. But this one skeleton pictured below has me stumped basically.

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mcarroll

Kinda looks Porites to me.

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