Herpolitha limax   Houttuyn,  1772 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Fungiidae

Description
Color: pale or dark brown or greenish-brown.

Colonies are elongate with rounded ends. Secondary centres are numerous. Few primary septa extend from the axial furrow to the perimeter. Some colonies develop forked axial furrows and become Y-,T-, or X-shaped.

Gonochoric, sexual, broadcast spawning.


Synonym (s)
Madrepora limax Houttuyn, 1772
Herpolitha limax Houttuyn, 1825
Madrepora limax Esper, 1797
Herpolitha limax Pillai & Scheer, 1976
Herpolitha limax Veron & Pichon, 1980
Herpolitha limax Hoeksema, 1989
Herpolitha limax Veron, 2000
Fungia limacina Lamarck, 1801
(junior synonym)
Fungia praecursor Umbgrove, 1946
(junior synonym)
Fungia weberi Van der Horst, 1921
(junior synonym)
Haliglossa foliosa Ehrenberg, 1834
(junior synonym)
Haliglossa interrupta Ehrenberg, 1834
(junior synonym)
Haliglossa stellaris Ehrenberg, 1834
(junior synonym)
Herpetolitha ampla Verrill, 1864
(junior synonym)
Herpetolithus crassus Dana, 1846
(junior synonym)
Herpetolithus strictus Dana, 1846
(junior synonym)
Herpolitha weberi (van der Horst, 1921)
(junior synonym)
Madrepora talpa Houttuyn, 1772
(suppressed)
Madrepora trilinguis Boddaert, 1768
(suppressed)
Sandalolitha africana Veron, 2000
(junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Fungia Coral (English)
• Tongue Coral (English)
• Striate Boomerang Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium trade)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Trageted for aquarium trade. Localized threats to corals include 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
Prey:  Plankton
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• SEYCHELLES
• Lakshadweep, Bitra Island INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 14) (Long: 94) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 8.53) (Long: 92.5) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman, Pongibalu INDIA

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