Acanthastrea ishigakiensis   Veron  1990 (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Mussidae

Description
Color: Uniform blue-grey or mixtures of grey, brown, cream and green, usually with mouth, oral disc and walls of contrasting colors.

Colonies are massive, usually hemispherical and often over 0.5 m across. Corallites are up to 25 mm diameter and cerioid, becoming plocoid on the colony sides. Septa are mostly uniform, with large teeth. Colonies have thick fleshy tissue over the skeleton.

Similar species: Acanthastrea hillae, which has smaller corallites with a tendency to form valleys. Resembles Symphyllia erythraea underwater.

Synonym (s)

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

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

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• MADAGASCAR
• Sinai Peninsula EGYPT
• Pemba Island TANZANIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Andaman and Nicobar Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Veron, JEN (2000) Corals of the world Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia 3 490 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science Available at - http://www.aims.gov.au/
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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

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