Anthozoa | Scleractinia
Hodgson, G. 1998. (Ref. 269)
Size / Weight / Age
Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 52 m (Ref. 100896)
Climate / Range
Tropical; 35°N - 34°S, 95°E - 108°W (Ref. 846)
Indo-Pacific. Tropical to subtropical.
This is the classic "table" coral, with long-lived colonies forming tables several metres in diameter. The coral is supported by a central stalk; the main braches anastomose in the horizontal plane, while secondary branchlets all grow vertically to the same height, forming a flat surface (Ref. 269).
Common at shallow to intermediate depths throughout its range (Ref. 269). Upper reef slopes; outer reef flats (Ref. 846). Has very high bleaching level and estimated mortality nearing 100% in Palau (Ref. 66144). Hermaphroditic (Refs. 97272, 113708, 113712) (Ref. 113708). Spring to summer (Ref. 113712).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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