Anthozoa | Scleractinia
Veron, J.E.N. 2000. (Ref. 847)
Size / Weight / Age
Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 40 m (Ref. 847)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 28°N - 31°S, 95°E - 172°W (Ref. 847)
Indo-Pacific: Taiwan to Australia and Indonesia to Samoa.
Colonies are arborescent with tubular, thin-walled corallites. Rims of corallites are flared and septa are very exsert. Tentacles are usually extended only at night that are tapering, translucent and with white tips. Colors may vary from pale brown, to yellow or green, sometimes with white branch ends.
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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