Goniopora pandoraensis   Veron & Pichon  1982 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Hexacorallia
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Poritidae

Description
Color: Dark grey-brown with white mouths and tentacle tips

Colonies consist of small branching columns, usually oval in transverse section. Corallites have thick walls and septa. Six thick paliform lobes form a crown.

Similar species: Goniopora pandoraensis and Goniopora eclipsensis can only reliably be distinguished if both species occur together or by the color of the polyps. Goniopora columna has larger columns and larger corallites.


Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Anemone Coral (English)
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/
  • Bythell; John, C; Sharp, VA; Miller, DB and Barbara, E (1995) A novel environmentally regulated 33kDa protein from tropical and temperate cnidarian zooxanthellae Journal of Thermal Biology
  • 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
  • Veron, JEN (2000) Corals of the world Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia 3 490 pp Available at - NIO, Goa


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