Heliopora coerulea   (Pallas,  1766) (Blue coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Hexacorallia
Order:Helioporacea
Family:Helioporidae

Description
Color: Dark brown with white or yellowish tips and edges. Polyps whitish

This is not a true coral, but produces a limestone skeleton. Its skeleton is bright blue when cleaned. Its growth form is a series of vertical keels or branches, slender in very calm water, stout in more turbulent areas. When living, it looks brown, because of the covering of living tissue. Polyps are minute, usually giving a slightly furry appearance.


Synonym (s)

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

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
IUCN Status:  Vulnerable

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep (Lat: 8) (Long: 75) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy (Lat: 8.28) (Long: 73) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• INDIA

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