Cyphastrea serailia   (Forskal,  1775) (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Faviidae

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Description
Color: Varying in colour from grey to brown or reddish-brown or cream.

Colonies are commonly up to 40 cm diameter, often greater. Calices are round, and separated by half or a full calice diameter, but in many cases are more crowded. They may be neat conical shapes, or largely sunken with very thin, raised rims. There are 12 primary septa. Protruding, cone-shaped corallites, 1-3 mm across, with obvious septa (in multiples of twelve) and costae giving the polyps a star-like quality. Surface colony between polyps is papillate. Forms thick encrustations. Corallites have costae which do not alternate strongly.


Synonym (s)
Madrepora serailia Forskal, 1775
Cyphastrea serailia (Forskal) Chevalier, 1975
Cyphastrea serailia Matthai, 1914

Common Name (s)
• Lesser Knob Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
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
• Gujarat, Burel INDIA
• Gujarat, Savaj INDIA
• Gujarat, Dona INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kariyachalli Island (Lat: 8.95) (Long: 78.23) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Koswari Island (Lat: 8.86) (Long: 78.21) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vaan Island (Lat: 8.83) (Long: 78.21) INDIA
• Red Sea
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Gujarat, Dholiogugar INDIA
• Gujarat, Borai INDIA
• Gujarat, Magunda INDIA
• Gujarat, Paga INDIA
• Gujarat, Ajad INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pullivasal Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pulli Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Manauli Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Hare Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, New Islet Island INDIA

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