Birdsnest Coral

Seriatopora hystrix

"Seriatopora hystrix" is a species of colonial stony coral in the family Pocilloporidae. It forms a bushy clump and is commonly known as thin birdsnest coral. It grows in shallow water on fore-reef slopes or in sheltered lagoons, the type locality being the Red Sea. It is native to East Africa, the Red Sea and the western Indo-Pacific region.
Seriatopora hystrix - Thin birdsnest coral Based on this link for ID, but as most of my coral pics, always tentative sp
http://www.coralsoftheworld.org/species_factsheets/species_factsheet_summary/seriatopora-hystrix/ Fall,Geotagged,Malaysia,Seriatopora hystrix,Thin birdsnest coral

Appearance

Colonies of "Seriatopora hystrix" formed a tangled, bushy clump of fragile, slender, tapering branches with pointed tips. These clumps can grow to a metre across. In shallow positions with strong water movement the branches are thicker than they are in deeper or turbid habitats in sheltered positions. The corallites form neat rows of oval cup-shaped depressions with raised rims from which the polyps protrude at night. This coral can be cream, pink, yellow, brown or blue.
Thin birdsnest coral - Seriatopora hystrix  Fall,Geotagged,Indonesia,Seriatopora hystrix,Thin birdsnest coral

Distribution

"Seriatopora hystrix" is native to the Indo-Pacific region. Its range extends from East Africa, Madagascar and the Red Sea through the Indian Ocean to tropical Australia, Japan, the South China Sea and the island groups in the West and Central Pacific. It occurs on reefs and reef flats, mostly at depths between 3 and 15 m.
Stony Corals - Seriatopora hystrix  Anilao,Batangas,Birdnest Corals,Corals,Philippines,Seriatopora hystrix,Stony Corals

Status

The threats faced by "Seriatopora hystrix" and other corals include ocean acidification, climate change and habitat loss. It is gathered for the reef aquarium trade and in 2005, the total number of pieces exported worldwide was about 15,000. However "S. hystrix " has a wide range and is a common species, and may be more resilient than other species of coral. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed its conservation status as being of "least concern".

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionCnidaria
ClassAnthozoa
OrderScleractinia
FamilyPocilloporidae
GenusSeriatopora
SpeciesS. hystrix