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Blastomussa wellsi   Wijsman-Best, 1973

branched cup coral

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Anthozoa | Scleractinia | Mussidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 40 m (Ref. 848).  Tropical; 37°N - 26°S, 32°E - 175°W (Ref. 848)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea, Malaysia to Polynesia, north to Japan and south to Australia.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm

Short description Morphology

Formation: phaceloid, rarely subplocoid. Corallite diameter: between 9 to 14 mm. Numerous septa not arranged in cycles. Mantles extend during the day and may form a continuous surface obscuring the underlying growth-form. Color: mantles are usually gray, but also red or green; oral discs are usually green, but also red or dark gray (Ref. 848).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in lower reef slopes away from wave action, also in turbid environments (Ref. 848). Members of the class Anthozoa are either gonochoric or hermaphroditic. Mature gametes are shed into the coelenteron and spawned through the mouth. Life cycle: The zygote develops into a planktonic planula larva. Metamorphosis begins with early morphogenesis of tentacles, septa and pharynx before larval settlement on the aboral end (Ref. 833).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Members of the class Anthozoa are either gonochoric or hermaphroditic. Mature gametes are shed into the coelenteron and spawned through the mouth. Life cycle: The zygote develops into a planktonic planula larva. Metamorphosis begins with early morphogenesis of tentacles, septa and pharynx before larval settlement on the aboral end.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Veron, J.E.N. and G. Hodgson. 1989. (Ref. 8817)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Threat to humans

Human uses


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BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Scirus | Hexacorallians of the World | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 24.7 - 29, mean 27.8 (based on 784 cells).
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown