Montipora aequituberculata   Bernard,  1897 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Acroporidae

Image copyrights: Bishop museum

Description
Color: Cream to khaki brown with pale margins.

Colonies are encrusting or composed of thin unifacial laminae often arranged in oblique overlapping whorls and sometimes forming tubes. Corallites are immersed or exsert and are surrounded by thecal papillae. These are frequently fused into short ridges near margins and may form hoods over the corallites. Coenosteum papillae are thick and fused.

Hermaphroditic, sexual, broadcast spawning.

Synonym (s)
Montipora verrilli Vaughan, 1907
Montipora composita Crossland, 1952
Montipora erythraea Marenzeller

Common Name (s)
• Encrusting Pore Coral (English)
• Pore Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)
Threats:  Natural threats
(Predation risk and susceptibility to coral diseases.)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Fisheries, human development (industry, settlement, tourism, and transportation), changes in native species dynamics (competitors, predators, pathogens and parasites), invasive species (competitors, predators, pathogens and parasites), dynamite fishing, chemical fishing, pollution from agriculture and industry, domestic pollution, sedimentation, and human recreation and tourism activities)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Predator:  Acanthaster planci, the crown-of-thorns starfish, Drupella snails, Gastropod (Magilopsis) and flatworm (Prosthiostomum)
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• SRI LANKA
• Cocos Atoll AUSTRALIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai, Valai INDIA (Record: 09/2004-06/2005) (Depth: -(2-10) mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai, Valimunai INDIA (Record: 09/2004-06/2005)
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA
• Kerala, Enayam INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Butler Bay (Lat: 10.67) (Long: 92.58) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Hut Bay (Lat: 10.59) (Long: 92.55) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Harmindar Bay (Lat: 10.53) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island (Lat: 9.25) (Long: 79.2) INDIA (Record: 03/2005-05/2005)

Literature Source(s)
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