Lobophyllia serratus   Veron,  2000 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Mussidae

Image copyrights: Australian Institute of Marine Science

Description
Color: Blue-grey to mustard with white polyp margins.

Well developed colonies are hemispherical and commonly over 2 metres across. Corallites are large (averaging 50 mm diameter), becoming flabello-meandroid, with one to three centres. Septa have tall sharp teeth. Polyps are thick and fleshy, with a rough surface. The margins of polyps are extended to form a distinct serrated rim.

Similar species: Lobophyllia flabelliformis, which has corallites of similar size and fleshy appearance, but these are always flabello-meandroid and have an extensive covering of mantle papillae.


Synonym (s)
Lobophyllia serratus Veron, 2002
(Senior synonym)

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

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
IUCN Status:  Endangered

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • 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
  • AIMS Data Centre Available at - http://data.aims.gov.au/

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