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Corals rely on symbiotic _______ for sugars.

  1. a. fungi
  2. b. amoebas
  3. c. dinoflagellates
  4. d. green algae

Summary Introduction

Introduction: The corals are small marine invertebrate animals in the class Anthozoa of phylum Cnidaria. They are generally found in the shallow water and live symbiotically with some single-celled organism, which provides them color and nutrients.

Explanation

Reason for correct answer:

The photosynthetic dinoflagellates show symbiotic relationship with corals. The dinoflagellates live and are protected within the coral’s tissue. They provide the corals nutrients in the form of oxygen and sugar.

Option c. is given as “dinoflagellates”. Therefore, option c. is correct.

Reasons for incorrect answer:

Option a. is given as “fungi”. The fungi in corals are saprophytes. Therefore, option a. is incorrect...

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