Fronded Semacoral

As Semacoral diversified, some decided to become more plant-like, focusing putting more of an emphasis on photosynthesis than lithotrophy, eventually resulting in the Fronded Semacoral. As said before, they Focus more on gathering light for photosynthesis, their 'roots' being used for for stability, though still provide them with nutrients, though as a result don't have as tough of a shell. Having a weaker shell grants them better control over the form their colony takes, but also makes them more vulnerable to their environment, leading to them being able to regenerate lost parts of their colony quicker, and defend against intruders better, often using spite to their advantage. Colonies are generally much taller than their ancestor for the main reason that they tend to form a large, frond-like structure above their base, which is functionally similar to a leaf, as it allows them to gather more sunlight more effectively than if they didn't have this structure. They are also slightly redder to avoid competition with its relatives, and live exclusively in warm areas close to the surface, meaning they tend to live around the coast of continents most commonly, where they form reefs alongside their relatives and other reef-building organisms.