Montipora flabellata   Studer,  1901 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

Description
Colour: Usually blue (which may photograph pink), also brown or purple.

Colonies encrusting; with irregular lobes. Corallites: small; 0.05 cm diameter. Papillae; cover the colony; sometimes fused into ridges. Septa: poorly developed.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Pore Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Localized threats to corals include fisheries, human development (industry, settlement, tourism, and transportation), changes in native species dynamics (competitors, predators, pathogens and parasites), invasive species (competitors, predators, pathogens and parasites), dynamite fishing, chemical fishing, pollution from agriculture and industry, domestic pollution, sedimentation, and human recreation and tourism activities)
Threats:  Natural threats
(Coral disease has emerged as a serious threat to coral reefs worldwide and a major cause of reef deterioration)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Predator:  Acanthaster planci, the crown-of-thorns starfish
IUCN Status:  Vulnerable

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Bay INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2011) Animal discoveries 2010 Zoological Survey of India 1-107 Available at - http://zsi.gov.in/right_menu/Animal_disc/Animal%20Discovery%202010.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/
  • Arkive: Images of life on earth Available at - http://www.arkive.org/
  • Corals of the World online Available at - http://coral.aims.gov.au/
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/

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