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Merulina ampliata   (Ellis & Solander, 1786)

Merulina coral

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

Anthozoa | Scleractinia | Merulinidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 40 m (Ref. 847).  Tropical; 36°N - 30°S, 32°E - 137°W (Ref. 847)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-Pacific.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 100.0 cm COLD male/unsexed; (Ref. 269)

Short description Morphology

Colonies form encrusting plates (up to 1 m diameter) which may develop short (10 cm), gnarled, vertical branches, particularly in shallow water. Corallites are arranged in near parallel rows that meander slightly. The walls are almost the same width as the corallites. Septa are continuous over walls between adjacent corallites (Ref. 269). Zooxanthellate (Ref. 19).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Common at shallow to intermediate depths (Ref. 269) in a wide variety of reef environments, especially in lagoons (Ref. 101940). Zooxanthellae (Ref. 19). 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

Hodgson, G. 1998. (Ref. 269)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses


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BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Scirus | Hexacorallians of the World | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
High vulnerability (60 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown