Anthozoa | Scleractinia
Ross, M.A. and G. Hodgson. 1981. (Ref. 8294)
Size / Weight / Age
Reef-associated; depth range 6 - 25 m (Ref. 8294)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 36°N - 31°S, 32°E - 172°E (Ref. 848)
Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and eastern Africa, east to New Caledonia, north to Japan.
Colony: hemispherical. Corallites: conical, uniform shape. Extra- and intratentacular budding both present. Paliform lobes form a neat crown. Septae: fine, neatly arranged. Costae: neat; visible tiny line of demarcation separates costae of adjacent corallites. Color: uniform, often pale brown or pinkish-brown (Ref. 848).
Maximum depth from Ref. 98471. Occurs in shallow reef environments (Ref. 848). In lagoons and on the back and foreslope of the reef (Ref. 98471). 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).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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