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

Description

Characters: Colonies are thick, flat, usually horizontal plates up to 2 metres across. Plates are covered with dome-shaped verrucae which are of very uniform size and are uniformly spaced. Verrucae are not aligned as radiating ridges except within 50 millimetres of plate margins. Corallites are small, immersed and crowded between the verrucae.


Colour: Grey


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)

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

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman, Pongibalu 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/
  • Raguraman, R; Sreeraj, CR; Immanuel, T and Raghunathan, C (2010) Intensive study on the Scleractinian coral diversity of Pongibalu, south andaman Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 7(1) 29-36 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • 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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