Porites murrayensis   Vaughan,  1918 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Poritidae

Image copyrights: Australian Institute of Marine Science

Description
Color: Usually cream or brown, but may be bright colours in shallow water.

Colonies are hemispherical or spherical, up to 200 mm in diameter (Source: WoRMS).


Synonym (s)
Porites murrayensis Vaughan, 1918
Porites murrayensis Pillai & Scheer, 1976
Porites (Porites) murrayensis Veron & Pichon, 1982
Porites murrayensis Veron, 2000

Common Name (s)
• Mustard Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• MALDIVES
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bitra Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Suheli Island INDIA

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
  • Carpenter, KE; Abrar, M; Aeby, G; Aronson, RB; Banks, S et al. (2008) One third of reef building corals face elevated extinction risk from climate change and local impacts Science American Association for the Advancement of Science 321 125-126 Available at - http://sci.odu.edu/gmsa/about/Carpenter_corals_supplimental.pdf
  • Veron, JEN (2000) Corals of the world Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia 3 490 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Jeyabaskaran, R (2009) New records of corals from Lakshadweep Islands Records of Zoological Survey of India ZSI 109 (Part-1) 53-64 Available at - ZSI
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science Available at - http://www.aims.gov.au/
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972

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