Montipora meandrina   Ehrenberg  1834 (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Hexacorallia
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

Image copyrights: Charlie Veron

Description
Color: Pale brown or pink. Polyps are the same color as the verrucae or are brightly colored

Colonies are small, usually less than 0.2 m across. The surface is covered with contorted, irregular, large verrucae. These verrucae are not fused into any pattern. Corallites are small.

Similar species: Montipora danae

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Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Predator:  Gastropod (Magilopsis) and flatworm (Prosthiostomum)
IUCN Status:  Vulnerable

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at - http://www.reefindia.org/
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Veron, JEN (2000) Corals of the world Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia 1 463 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Carpenter, KE; Abrar, M; Aeby, G; Aronson, RB; Banks, S et al. (2008) One third of reef building corals face elevated extinction risk from climate change and local impacts Science American Association for the Advancement of Science 321 125-126 Available at - http://sci.odu.edu/gmsa/about/Carpenter_corals_supplimental.pdf
  • Wafar, MVM and Wafar, S (2001) 101 questions on corals: Towards awareness National Institute of Oceanography, Goa and Administration of the U.T. of Lakshadweep 81 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Reefkeeping- An online magazine for the marine aquarist Available at - http://reefkeeping.com/index.htm
  • Arkive: Images of life on earth Available at - http://www.arkive.org/

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