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I came across this specimen which I assume belongs toeither the phylum porifera or to the coelenterata.
Can someone please help me identify it?
The specimen was found in Ayodhya, India.
I am thinking it is the skeleton of a colonial large polyp stony coral. I am not certain, but I suspect a species of the Favia genus. Most likely one of these two species (see links for info and pictures):
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