(Veron & Pichon, 1982)
English : Lord Howe’s starry cup coral
French : Corail étoile de Lord Howe
Class : Anthozoa
Order : Scleractinia
Family : Lobophylliidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Massive colonies, usually not bigger than 50 cm across. Corallites are laterally compressed and usually held close together. Mantle on skeleton is thick and fleshy. Very colorful species, becoming orange, red or green with variable mottling.
Range and habitat
Indo-Pacific from Red Sea and East Africa to Mauritius, then from south Japan to Australia and Pacific Islands. Lives in shallow reefs, especially in subtropical regions, at depths down to 30 m.
IUCN RED LIST : NEAR THREATENED
CITES : Appendix II
Status : The species is sometimes common but climatic changes leading to acidification and warming of water is a serious threat for stony corals in general.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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