Montastrea magnistellata   Chevalier  1971 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Hexacorallia
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Fungiidae

Description
Color: Commonly blue-grey

Colonies are massive, hemispherical or flattened and may be over 2 m across. Corallites are round and of variable size, those on convex surfaces being larger than those on concave surfaces. Corallites are shallow, approximately 6-13 mm diameter, with tightly compacted septa. Columellae are large and small paliform lobes are usually developed.

Hermaphroditic, sexual, broadcast spawning.

Similar species: Montastrea valenciennesi which has less compact, irregular septa


Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Stony Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium)

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

Biogeography


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

Literature Source(s)
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  • Reeflex Available at - http://www.reeflex.net/
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