Anthozoa | Scleractinia
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Reef-associated; depth range 3 - 35 m (Ref. 8294). Tropical; 35°N - 34°S, 27°E - 175°W (Ref. 846)
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 25.0 cm BRW male/unsexed; (Ref. 269)
This hispidose branching coral forms colonies up to several meters in diameter and is common from shallow to intermediate depths throughout its range. It has stout branches up to 25 cm thick that appear "knobby" on the surface due to secondary branchlets of even height (Ref. 269).
Common at shallow to intermediate depths throughout its range (Ref. 269). On subtidal reef tops, walls and slopes (Ref. 98471).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hermaphroditic (Ref. 113712). 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).
Hodgson, G. 1998. (Ref. 269)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 127697)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
): 24.6 - 28.8, mean 27.6 (based on 470 cells).
Low vulnerability (15 of 100).