Sandalolitha robusta

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Sandalolitha robusta
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Sandalolitha robusta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order: Scleractinia
Family: Fungiidae
Genus: Sandalolitha
Species: S. robusta
Binomial name
Sandalolitha robusta
(Quelch, 1886) [1]
Synonyms
  • Parahalomitra irregularis (Gardiner, 1898)
  • Parahalomitra robusta (Quelch, 1886)

Sandalolitha robusta is a plate or mushroom coral in the family Fungiidae. This coral is found in the Indo-Pacific region.[2]

Description[edit]

Sandalolitha robusta is a large, heavy colonial coral that is free living, not being attached to the substrate. The numerous individual corallites, in which the polyps are embedded, are separate from each other. They are bordered by alternating wide and narrow septa, calcareous ridges which bear serrated spines. The spines on the costae, the ridges which join the septa to other corallites, are minutely spiny. The polyps normally extend their tentacles to feed only at night.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WoRMS (2010). "Sandalolitha robusta (Quelch, 1886)". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  2. ^ a b Sandalolitha Reef coral genera of the Western Indian Ocean. Retrieved 2011-12-14.