species: Psammocora contigua in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Psammocora contigua


©Anne Hoggett: Psammocora contigua in the Lizard Island lagoon entrance.

©Anne Hoggett: Psammocora contigua in the Lizard Island lagoon entrance.

©Anne Hoggett: Psammocora contigua in the Lizard Island lagoon entrance.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Scleractinia
Family Siderastreidae
Genus Psammocora
Species Psammocora contigua
Status near threatened

Colours

         

Distinguishing features

A coral that forms colonies of irregular flattened branches. Corallites have poorly defined walls and a granulated appearance. Colour variable. Polyps are often extended during the day.

Size

  • Size data has not been obtained.

Synonyms

Distribution


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Distribution and habitat preferences

Shallow reef flats in protected areas.

Can be found in most shallow habitats around Lizard Island.

Behaviour

Recent morphological and molecular research has indicated that the Siderastreidae are not monophyletic, with the genera Psammocora and Coscinaraea have more affinity with the Fungiids than other genera of Siderastreidae. In the genus Psammocora, there is almost complete overlap of morphological and phylogenetic characteristics of P. contigua and P. obtusangula, and the latter is now considered a junior synonym of P. contigua.

This species is a gonochoric broadcast spawner.

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References

  • Baird, A.H., J.R. Guest and B.L. Willis (2009). Systematic and biogeographical patterns in the reproductive biology of scleractinian corals, Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 40: 551-571.
  • Benzoni, F., F. Stefani, J. Stolarski, M. Pichon and P. Galli (2007). Debating phylogenetic relationships of the scleractinian Psammocora: molecular and morphological evidences, Contributions to Zoology, 76: 33-52.
  • Domm, S.B. and W. Deas (1976). Corals of the Great Barrier Reef Ure Smith, Sydney. LIRS catalog number 5.
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