Physogyra lichtensteini   Milne Edwards & Haime,  1851 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order:Scleractinia
Family:Caryophylliidae

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Description
Color: Pale grey, sometimes dull green.

Colonies are meandroid with short, widely separated valleys interconnected with a light blistery coenosteum. Septa are large, imperforate. Columellae are absent. Polyps are extended only at night. During the day the whole colony surface is covered with a mass of vesicles the size and shape of grapes. These retract when disturbed.

Gonochoric, broadcast spawning.


Synonym (s)
Physogyra aperta Quelch, 1884
Plerogyra lichtensteini Edwards & Haime, 1851
Physogyra lichtensteini (Milne-Edwards & Haime, 1851)
(Senior synonym)
Physogyra lichensteini Matthai, 1928
Physogyra lichensteini Veron, 2000

Common Name (s)
• Tipped Bubblegum Coral (English)
• Small Bubble Coral (English)
• Pearl Bubble Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats, Anthropogenic
(Protected under Indian Wild Life Protection Act, 1972)

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

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Andrott IsIand INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bitra Island INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Suheli Island INDIA
• MADAGASCAR
• INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 14) (Long: 94) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 8.53) (Long: 92.5) INDIA

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