Anthozoa | Scleractinia
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
Max length : 0.5 cm CORD male/unsexed; (Ref. 847)
Benthic; depth range 0 - 40 m (Ref. 847)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 33°N - 8°N, 98°W - 50°W (Ref. 847)
Western Atlantic: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
Colonies are compact or prostrate clumps of short, thin, highly fused branches. Usually tan with dark calices.
Found in shallow environments (Ref. 847). 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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