Anthozoa | Scleractinia
Veron, J.E.N. 2000. (Ref. 847)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 0.4 cm CORD male/unsexed; (Ref. 847)
Climate / Range
Atlantic Ocean: Gulf of Mexico to Caribbean Sea and Brazil.
Colonies are massive or sometimes occur as free-living mobile balls. Corallites are rounded and shallow, about 2.5-3.5 mm in diameter. Septa have curved upper margins and are granulated. Columellae consist of one or a few granules. Appears reddish-brown with pale walls.
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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