All reef-forming, or hermatypic, corals harbor photosynthetic endosymbiotic algae called zooxanthellae. The zooxanthellae are essential for the well-being of their hosts; nevertheless, little is known about how light affects the symbiotic association, especially regarding the numbers of zooxanthellae, their photosynthetic responses, and their overall productivity. On the reefs of the Gulf of Eilat, Stylophora pistillata is an abundant hermatypic coral; it is unique in that region in that it can adapt to a wide range of light intensities. In the high light intensities of lagoons or the upper areas of reefs, the corals are markedly lighter in color than those living under ledges, in grottos, or near the reef floor. We report here on the biochemical and physiological adaptations of S. pistillata to variations in light intensity spanning more than two orders of magnitude.