Diaseris distorta   (Michelin)  1843 (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Hexacorallia
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Fungiidae

Description

Color: Cream or brown, sometimes mottled

Polyps consist of fan-shaped segments up to 40 mm wide. Thick beaded septa are of unequal in height. Polyps are commonly inflated by water to several times the volume of the skeleton.
Occur in soft substrates, especially where exposed to currents. Sometimes found in seagrass beds.

Gonochoric, sexual, broadcast spawning.

Similar species: Diaseris fragilis


Synonym (s)
Fungia distorta Michelin 1843

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• MADAGASCAR

Literature Source(s)
  • Venkataraman, K; Satyanarayana, CH; Alfred, JRB and Wolstenholme, J (2003) Handbook on hard corals of India ZSI, Kolkata 266 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Wafar, MVM and Wafar, S (2001) 101 questions on corals: Towards awareness National Institute of Oceanography, Goa and Administration of the U.T. of Lakshadweep 81 pp Available at - NIO, Goa


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