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Species are generally solitary marine animals that are capable of benthic locomotion. These corals often appear to be bleached or dead. In most genera, a single polyp emerges from the center of the skeleton to feed at night. Most species remain fully detached from the substrate in adulthood. Some are immobile as well as colonial.
Mushroom corals are able to change sex. This is posited to take place in response to environmental or energetic constraints, and to improve the organism's evolutionary fitness; similar phenomena are observed in some dioecious plants.
- One fungiid species, Heliofungia actiniformis ("anemone coral"), can be easily mistaken for a sea anemone [actiniarian] because its tentacles remain visible during the day.
- Fungia spp. have a commensal pipefish, Siokunichthys nigrolineatus.
- Heliofungia actiniformis provides shelter to some fish species (Gobiidae and Labridae).
- Some fungiids can be elongate and look like a sea cucumber (stichopodid).
- Some fungiids (Fungia scruposa) have been observed eating jellyfish.
Importance to Humans
Members of the family Fungiidae are not of any commercial importance, but are collected for the aquarium trade and are sold as "plate corals".
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Heliofungia sp. looks similar to a sea anemone.
Fungia sp. in Papua New Guinea.
Herpolitha limax in Micronesia can appear bleached and also resemble a sea cucumber.
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