Animal Species:Stony Coral

Few stony corals grow around Sydney but of these, Plesiastrea versipora is most often noticed by divers.

Standard Common Name

Stony Coral

Identification

This stony coral is usually a vivid green, or sometimes brown, colour with large circular pits in which the coral polyps live. The colouration is due to symbiotic algae, called zooxanthellae, living in the coral tissue. The algae photosynthesise, converting sunlight into energy that can be used by the coral.

Size range

3 m

Distribution

Indo-Pacific region and southern parts of Australia.

Habitat

Stony corals live in coastal waters.

Classification

Species:
versipora
Genus:
Plesiastrea
Family:
Faviidae
Order:
Scleractinia
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Class:
Anthozoa
Phylum:
Cnidaria
Kingdom:
Animalia

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parviz21891 - 4.06 PM, 02 June 2010
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parviz21891 - 4.06 PM, 02 June 2010
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