Anthozoa | Scleractinia
Allen, G.R. and S.A. McKenna. 2001. (Ref. 75725)
Size / Weight / Age
Sessile; depth range 0 - 40 m (Ref. 847)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 22°N - 12°S, 95°E - 154°E (Ref. 847)
Western Central Pacific: Indonesia to Papua New Guinea.
With thin and tapered branches that appear needle-like. Branches are widely spaced, less than 10 mm long and usually fuse in an irregular manner. Colonies are very delicate and may fall apart when disturbed. Usually pink or cream in color.
Found in protected reef environments (Ref. 847). 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).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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