Montipora porites   Veron,  2002 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

Image copyrights: Charlie Veron

Description
Size: Length- 8.2 cm, Width- 7.8 cm and Height- 4.9 cm

Colour:Grey or Green with pale coenostenum ridges.

Colonies have encrusting bases and irregular branches which seldom fuse. Branching may be open or compact. Coenostenum ridges are very prominent and form a sinuous pattern over branch surfaces. Corallites are deeply embedded between the ridges. The skeletal structure of the corallites is Porites–like, with very elongate septa which occasionally fuse.



Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Pore Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.40) (Long: 92.66) INDIA (Record: 09/01/2010) (Depth: -7 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Mondal, T; Raghunathan, C and Ramakrishna (2011) New Record of Five Scleractinian Corals from Rutland Island, South Andaman Archipelago Asian Journal of Experimental Biological Sciences Society of Applied Sciences, India 2(1) 114-118 Available at - http://ajebs.com/vol5/19.pdf
  • 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/
  • (2011) Animal discoveries 2010 Zoological Survey of India 1-107 Available at - http://zsi.gov.in/right_menu/Animal_disc/Animal%20Discovery%202010.pdf
  • Corals of the World online Available at - http://coral.aims.gov.au/

Page last updated on:2011-09-06

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