Montipora hispida   (Dana,  1846) (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

Description
Color: Pale brown, sometimes with white branch tips.

Colonies may be submassive, plate-like, columnar or digitate or various combinations of these forms. Plate-like and digitate forms are usually found in turbid water; massive and columnar forms occur on reef slopes. Corallites are both immersed and exsert, the latter with thecal papillae; shorter papillae also occur on the reticulum, which is coarse.


Synonym (s)
Montipora hispida (Dana) Studer, 1880
Montipora hispida Dana, 1846
Montipora informis Bernard, 1897
Montipora expansa Dana
Montipora punctata Bernard

Common Name (s)
• Pore Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)
Threats:  Natural threats
(Predation and susceptibility to coral diseases)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(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
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Predator:  Acanthaster planci, the crown-of-thorns starfish, Gastropod (Magilopsis) and flatworm (Prosthiostomum)
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vaan Island (Lat: 8.83) (Long: 78.21) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kariyachalli Island (Lat: 8.95) (Long: 78.23) INDIA
• Persian Gulf
• MADAGASCAR
• MALDIVES
• INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai, Mulli INDIA (Record: 09/2004-06/2005) (Depth: -(2-10) mts)
• Kerala, Enayam INDIA

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