Oulophyllia levis   (Nemenzo)  1959 (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Hexacorallia
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Fungiidae

Image copyrights: Charlie Veron

Description
Color: Greenish- or yellowish-brown walls with yellow, green or pink valley floors

Colonies are thick plates or are hemi-spherical. Valleys are usually perpendicular to the margins of plates, and are sinuous towards colony centres. They are short, broad (up to 20 mm), V-shaped and have sharp upper margins. Columellae are weakly developed.

Similar species: Oulophyllia crispa, which is less colorful and has slightly larger valleys with less developed columellae.


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Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

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/
  • Veron, JEN (2000) Corals of the world Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia 3 490 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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
  • 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
  • Corals of the World online Available at - http://coral.aims.gov.au/

Page last updated on:2011-09-06

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