Coscinaraea columna   Dana  1846 (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Siderastreidae

Description
Color: usually bright greenish- yellow, also grey and brown.

Colonies are encrusting or massive, sometimes hillocky. Columellae are compacted pinnules set well below the septo-costae. Septo-costae are not heavily granulated.

Gonochoric, broadcast spawning

Similar species: Coscinaraea exesa, which has a columnar growth-form, and corallites which are shallower, larger and have granulated septo-costae.


Synonym (s)

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

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Plankton
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


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

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Andaman and Nicobar Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • Sheppard, C and Obura, D (2005) Corals and reefs of Cosmoledo and Aldabra atolls: Extent Journal of Natural History Taylor and Francis Ltd 39(2) 103-121 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Veron, JEN (2000) Corals of the world Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia 2 429 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Advanced Aquarist Available at - http://www.advancedaquarist.com/
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Reeflex Available at - http://www.reeflex.net/

Page last updated on:2009-07-13

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