Anthozoa | Scleractinia
Veron, J.E.N. 2000. (Ref. 846)
Size / Weight / Age
Climate / Range
Tropical; 30°N - 12°N, 32°E - 44°E (Ref. 846)
Western Indian Ocean.
Colonies: extensive upright to prostate laminae; encrusting. Colony surface: covered by elongate tuberculate which hide the corallites from view. Tuberculae: upwardly inclined on upright laminae. Coenosteum: coarse (Ref. 846).
Shallow reef environments (Ref. 846). 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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