Anthozoa | Scleractinia
Veron, J.E.N. 2000. (Ref. 847)
Size / Weight / Age
Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 50 m (Ref. 98471)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 36°N - 6°N, 129°E - 135°E (Ref. 847)
Azooxanthellate species forming extensive thickets in deep water. Twisted branches with subcerioid corallites .
Found in deep water habitats usually below 50 meters depth (Ref. 847). Forms clumpy thickets on deeper areas of reef rocks (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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