Anthozoa | Scleractinia
Babcock, R.C. 2003. (Ref. 791)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 500 cm COLD male/unsexed; (Ref. 847)
Reef-associated; depth range 3 - 25 m (Ref. 8294)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 36°N - 31°S, 32°E - 137°W (Ref. 847)
Indo-Pacific: Japan to Australia and Egypt to Tahiti.
small colonies are cushion-shaped or low domes or are irregular. Colonies are large and usually exceed 5 meters across. Corallites are of mixed sizes and are usually less than 10 mm in diameter. Tentacles are extended during the day and may be green, grey, red or brown with tentacles and septa of contrasting colors.
Depth based from occurrence (Ref. 8294); to be replaced with a better reference. Hermaphroditic (Refs. 113708, 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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