Montastrea curta   (Dana)  1846 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Hexacorallia
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Fungiidae

Description
Color: Cream or orange on reef flats, often with colors concentric to the oral discs. Usually dark brown when in shaded habitats

Colonies are spherical, columnar or flattened. Corallites are circular and widely spaced or closely compacted. The width of calices varies greatly, this variation mostly occurring between , rather than within, colonies. Long and short septa alternate. Small paliform lobes are usually developed.

Hermaphroditic, sexual, broadcast spawning.

Similar species: Montastrea salebrosa, which has smaller more exsert corallites


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Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Plankton
Predator:  Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunulatus)
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


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

Literature Source(s)
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  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
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  • Advanced Aquarist Available at - http://www.advancedaquarist.com/
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  • Reeflex Available at - http://www.reeflex.net/
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