Anthozoa | Scleractinia
Collin, R., M.C. DÃaz, J. Norenburg, R.M. Rocha, J.A. SÃ¡nchez, M. Schulze, A. Schwartz and A. ValdÃ©s. 2005. (Ref. 415)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 5.0 cm COLD male/unsexed; (Ref. )
Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 30 m (Ref. 848)
Climate / Range
Subtropical; 33°N - 25°S, 92°W - 12°E (Ref. 848)
Colony: small, usually less than 50 mm across, hemispherical to encrusting. Corallites: shape range from immersed to conical to tubular, may be circular with one mouth, to elongate with multiple mouths; intertidal encrusting colonies may be submeandroid; spherical colonies with unrestricted growing space often with tubular corallites; valleys seldom more than 5 mm across; walls neatly rounded, whatever the corallite shape. Septo-costae exsert and evenly spaced. Color: often tan to light orange-brown with pale green tentacles (Ref. 848).
Common in shallow less than 15 m; reef habitats and sometimes seagrass beds (Ref. 415). Also in intertidal rock pools and shallow reef environments (Ref. 848). Hermaphroditic (Ref. 113712). 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).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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