Leptoria phrygia   (Ellis & Solander,  1786) (Hard Coral)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Faviidae

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Description
Color: Cream, brown or green, with walls and valleys of different colors.

Colonies are massive with an even surface and dense skeleton. Corallite valleys are highly meandroid and very uniform. Septa are uniformly spaced and are of equal size. Columellae are wall-like with lobed upper margin and do not form centres. Paliform lobes are absent. Polyps are extended only at night. Valleys are particularly long, often winding but with extensive straight sections. Valleys are usually narrower. Its columella is a laminar ribbon, or is a thick keel with vertical undulations. The range of valley, wall and septa widths is considerable. Valleys are particularly long, often winding but with extensive straight sections. Valleys are usually narrower than those of the meandroid Platygyra species. Its columella is a laminar ribbon, or is a thick keel with vertical undulations. This separates it from Platygyra. The range of valley, wall and septa widths is considerable, and is greater than the span encompassed by the two meandroid Playtgyra species but despite this it is now generally considered to be a single variable species.


Synonym (s)
Leptoria phrygia (Ellis and Solander) Scheer and Pillai, 1974
Madrepora phrygia Ellis and Solander, 1786
Leptoria phrygia Scheer and Pillai, 1983
Leptoria tenuis Dana, 1846

Common Name (s)
• Least Valley Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)
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)
Threats:  Natural threats
(Susceptibility to coral diseases)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Plankton

Biogeography


• Kerala, Vazhakala (Lat: 10.03) (Long: 76.28) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea
• Tamil Nadu, Vaan Island (Lat: 8.83) (Long: 78.21) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kariyachalli Island (Lat: 8.95) (Long: 78.23) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 14) (Long: 94) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 8.53) (Long: 92.5) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy (Lat: 8.28) (Long: 73) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Atoll INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA

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