Seriatopora caliendrum Ehrenberg, 1834
birdsnest coral
photo by FAO

Family:  Pocilloporidae ()
Max. size:  30 cm COLD (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 3 - 35 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific.
Diagnosis:  The major difference are that the branches are somewhat stouter, and this thickness extends almost to the blunt branch tips. Corallites are usually hooded, giving the branches a rough appearance (Ref. 269).
Biology:  Depth based from occurrence (Ref. 8294); to be replaced with a better reference. On upper reef slopes (Ref. 98471). Zooxanthellae (Ref. 19). Hermaphroditic (Ref. 113708). 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: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 03 January 2008 Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans: 
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Entered by: Dar, Christine - 11.12.05
Modified by: Dar, Christine - 29.05.08

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