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Goniastrea australensis   (Milne-Edwards & Haime, 1857)

lesser star coral

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Anthozoa | Scleractinia | Faviidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 40 m (Ref. 848).  Tropical; 36°N - 37°S, 32°E - 108°W (Ref. 848)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-Pacific and Southwest Atlantic.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm

Short description Morphology

Colony: massive, submassive, or encrusting. Corallites: very meandroid with long valleys, or sub-meandroid with short valleys of 1 to 3 centers. Most with deep, steep sided valleys and distinct corallite centers. Septa: regularly spaced, equal and even; paliform lobes present; margins with fine dentations. Large and conspicuous columella. Thecae thickness varies greatly. Skeletal structures vary between environments. Colors also variable but are mostly uniformly dull brown or green; walls and valley floors occasionally in contrasting colors (Ref. 085244).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found on rocky and gravel bottom at depths between 1.8 to 21.6 m. Also on volcanic submarine beds (Ref. 88968) and most tropical coral reef environments (Ref. 85244). 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).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Veron, J.E.N. 2000. (Ref. 848)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Threat to humans

Human uses


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Price category (Ref. 80766)
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