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Montastraea cavernosa   (Linnaeus, 1766)

great star coral

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed.
Montastraea cavernosa   AquaMaps   Data sources: GBIF OBIS
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Classification Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Anthozoa | Scleractinia | Faviidae

Main reference References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

Collin, R., M.C. Díaz, J. Norenburg, R.M. Rocha, J.A. Sánchez, M. Schulze, A. Schwartz and A. Valdés. 2005. (Ref. 415)

Size / Weight / Age

Environment

Sessile; depth range 0 - 2000 m (Ref. 87091)

Climate / Range

Tropical; 33°N - 25°S, 98°W - 10°E (Ref. 848)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Atlantic Ocean: Bermuda to Brazil and Mexico to Gabon.

Short description

Colonies are massive, forming boulders or domes, or are flat plates. Corallites are variable but are usually conical and exsert. Long and short septa strongly alternate, with alternate septa joined to the columella. Commonly green, brown, grey, or orange.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Common throughout the Caribbean to a depth of 70 m (Ref. 415). In Belize, it was found in a submarine cave near Columbus Cay at a depth of 10 m (Ref. 87209). 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

Human uses


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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

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