Platygyra acuta   Veron,  2000 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Anthozoa

Color: Walls are a uniform grey-brown with pale tops. Valley floors are greenish.

Colonies are massive and meandroid, with walls forming an acute or sharp edge. Septa are uniformly exsert and have ragged margins. Columellae are well developed but do not form centres.

Similar species: Platygyra daedalea, which has weakly developed columellae. Living colonies of Platygyra daedalea do not have walls with such acute edges. Platygyra sinensis has more meandroid valleys and walls of uniform thickness

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Lesser Valley Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
Threats:  Natural threats
(Bioerosion caused by Drupella rugosa (muricid gastropod) and Diadema setosum (long-spined urchin).)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Plankton
Predator:  Drupella rugosa (Muricid gastropod), Diadema setosum ( long-spined urchin)
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened


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

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Veron, JEN (2000) Corals of the world Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia 3 490 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Reeflex Available at -
  • 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 -
  • Lam, K; Shin, PKS and Hodgson, P (2007) Severe bioerosion caused by an outbreak of corallivorous Drupella and Diadema at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, Hong Kong Coral Reefs 26 P 893 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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