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Heliopora coerulea   (Pallas, 1766)

Indo-Pacific blue coral

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Anthozoa | Helioporacea | Helioporidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 3 m (Ref. 8294).  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-West Pacific: West to Red Sea; north to southern Japan; east to Samoa; and south to New Caledonia.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 100.0 cm COLD male/unsexed; (Ref. 269)

Short description Morphology

Forms large colonies, more than 100 cm in diameter, that may be massive, or most commonly, composed of vertical branches or folia. The surface appearance is very smooth, and the color in life is a distinctive grey-brown with white tips. The entire skeleton is blue (Ref. 269).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Depth based from occurrence (Ref. 8294); to be replaced with a better reference. Most common in shallow water (Ref. 269), on reefs at typically less than 2 m. Also in exposed reef areas, reef flats and the intertidal zone (Ref. 98471). Members of the class Anthozoa are either gonochoric or hermaphroditic. Mature gametes are shed into the coelenteron and spawned through the mouth. Life cycle: The zygote develops into a planktonic planula larva. Metamorphosis begins with early morphogenesis of tentacles, septa and pharynx before larval settlement on the aboral end (Ref. 833).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Members of the class Anthozoa are either gonochoric or hermaphroditic. Mature gametes are shed into the coelenteron and spawned through the mouth. Life cycle: The zygote develops into a planktonic planula larva. Metamorphosis begins with early morphogenesis of tentacles, septa and pharynx before larval settlement on the aboral end.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Ross, M.A. and G. Hodgson. 1981. (Ref. 8294)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

  Vulnerable (VU) (A4cde)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: of potential interest
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Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Scirus | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
High vulnerability (60 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown