Anthozoa | Scleractinia
Veron, J.E.N. and G. Hodgson. 1989. (Ref. 8817)
Size / Weight / Age
Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 40 m (Ref. 848)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 36°N - 26°S, 39°E - 180°E (Ref. 848)
Indo-West Pacific: Philippines, New Caledonia and Palau.
Colony: massive, often over 1 m across. Corallites: circular, regularly spaced; thick walls with fine rims. Septa: uniformly thin, widely spaced, paliform lobes absent. Well developed costae. Color: pinkish brown with cream or greenish oral discs (Ref. 848).
Found in upper reef slopes (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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