Oulophyllia crispa   (Lamarck,  1816) (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Merulinidae

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Description
Color: Brown walls with pale-cream or pink valley floors

Colonies are usually massive and frequently exceed 1 m in diameter. Valleys are broad (up to 20 mm) and V-shaped. Septa are usually thin and slope uniformly to the columellae which usually form well-defined centres. Paliform lobes may be present. Valley walls have acute upper margins. Polyps are extended only at night and are large and fleshy with conspicuous white tips to the tentacles. When retracted, polyps have a coarse reptilian texture. Mouths are conspicuous (Source: WoRMS).

Hermaphroditic, sexual, broadcast spawning .



Synonym (s)
Meandrina crispa Lamarck, 1816
Oulophyllia crispa Wijsman-Best, 1974
Ulophyllia aspera Quelch, 1886

Common Name (s)
• Large Polyp Stone Coral (English)
• Intermediate Valley Coral (English)
• Large Meandroid Brain Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)
Threats:  Natural threats
(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
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea
• MADAGASCAR
• MALDIVES

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