Montipora aspergillus Veron, DeVantier & Turak, 2000
photo by Veron, Charlie (J.E.N.)

Family:  Acroporidae ()
Max. size: 
Environment:  reef-associated; marine
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Shallow semi-sheltered reef slopes (Ref. 846). 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: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 01 January 2008 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans: 
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Dar, Christine - 11.12.05
Modified by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 17.03.10

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