Hydnophora rigida   (Dana,  1846) (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Merulinidae

Description
Color: Cream or green.

Colonies are composed of irregular, usually flattened branches with or without encrusting bases. Monticules are usually fused into ridges down branch sides. Main branches are 7-12 millimetres thick.. Hermaphroditic, sexual, broadcast spawning.

Synonym (s)
Merulina laxa Dana, 1846
Hydnophora rigida (Dana) Edwards & Haime, 1857

Common Name (s)
• Horn Coral (English)
• Spine Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium trade)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Species is targeted for aquarium trade. Also other localized threat includes 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
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman, Pongibalu INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Reeflex Available at - http://www.reeflex.net/
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  • Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972
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