Cetyl palmitate is the ester derived from palmitic acid and cetyl alcohol. It is the primary constituent of spermaceti, the wax found in the skull of sperm whales.
Stony corals, which build the coral reefs, evolved with large amounts of cetyl palmitate wax in their tissues. Most predators find this wax indigestible.
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