Anthozoa | Scleractinia
Veron, J.E.N. 2000. (Ref. 846)
Size / Weight / Age
Reef-associated; depth range 3 - 30 m (Ref. 8294)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 36°N - 30°S, 34°E - 176°W (Ref. 846)
Colonies: horizontal to vertical plates or thick columns and branches. Corallites: immersed and distinct. Coenosteum: tuberculae fused into ridges forming the same pattern as Porites rus (Poritidae) and Montipora confusa. Green; Purple; Blue or brown; with pale growing margins (Ref. 846).
Maximum depth from Ref. 98471. Inhabits mostly upper reef slopes (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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