Montipora informis   Bernard,  1897 (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

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Description
Color: Brown or mottled brown and white. Papillae may have white or purple tips. White polyps may be extended during the day.

Colonies are massive to encrusting. Corallites are evenly distributed, immersed. The reticulum is densely covered with elongate papillae of uniform length.

Hermaphroditic, sexual, broadcast spawning.


Synonym (s)
Montipora granulata Bernard, 1897

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
Prey:  Plankton
Predator:  Acanthaster planci, the crown-of-thorns starfish, Gastropod (Magilopsis) and flatworm (Prosthiostomum)
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai, Mulli INDIA (Record: 09/2004-06/2005) (Depth: -(2-10) mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA (Record: 1968-1969)
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pulli Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pullivasal Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Manauli Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Hare Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam, Palk Bay INDIA (Record: 1964-1966)
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1964-1966)
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA (Record: 1964-1966)
• Tamil Nadu, Manauli Island INDIA (Record: 1964-1966)
• Tamil Nadu, Hare Island INDIA (Record: 1964-1966)
• Tamil Nadu, New Islet Island INDIA

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