English : Green bubble coral
French : Corail à bulles sinueux, corail vésiculeux
Class : Anthozoa
Order : Scleractinia
Family : Plerogyridae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Colonies can grow up to 2 meters in diameter. The skeleton is meandroid with large septa. Fleshy mantle usually hides the skeleton completely and inflates into large grape-sized vesicles. Coloration is creamy to bluish-grey.
Range and habitat
The species occurs in the Indo-Pacific area, from Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and East Africa to French Polynesia, north to south Japan, south to north Australia. Lives in protected reef areas, especially in turbid waters, from 3 to 35 meters deep.
IUCN RED LIST : NEAR THREATENED
CITES : Appendix II
Status : The species is widespread and common but declining fast because of the effects of climate change and overcollection for aquarium trade.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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