Platygyra verweyi   Wijsman-Best  1976 (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Hexacorallia
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Fungiidae

Description
Color: Uniform or mottled grey or brown, usually with contrasting walls and valley floors.

Colonies are massive and cerioid to submeandroid with thin, acute walls. Septa are thin and uniformly spaced. Columellae are weakly developed or absent.

Hermaphroditic, sexual, broadcast spawning.

Similar species: Platygyra sinensis, which is more meandroid and has shallower valleys. Similar to Platygyra pini also, which has more widely spaced, more irregular septa and Platygyra carnosus, which has well developed columellae. In general appearance Platygyra verweyi has a neat Goniastrea like skeletal structure.

Synonym (s)

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

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Plankton
IUCN Status:  Near Threatened

Biogeography


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

Literature Source(s)
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  • Cairns, DS; Hoeksema, WB and Derland, JV (1999) List of extant stony corals Atoll Research Bulletin National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C, U. S. A 459 13-46 Available at - NIO, RC, Kochi
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  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
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  • Reeflex Available at - http://www.reeflex.net/
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