Flowerpot coral

Goniopora albiconus

It is a species of stony coral of the family Poritidae.
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Appearance

Colonies are encrusting, forming thin irregular laminae. Corallites are shallow, polygonal, and have thin walls. Corallites vary greatly in size. Septa are irregularly fused but do not form deltas. Columellae are very small. Numerous daisy-like polyps that extend outward from the base, each tipped with 24 stinging tentacles which surrounds a mouth. Polyps are short and even. Oral cones are exceptionally large while tentacles are short and thin. Polyps retract rapidly if disturbed.
Colour: White oral cones are conspicuous.
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Distribution

Indo-Pacific.

Status

Listed as Vulnerable under IUCN Red List.

Habitat

Shallow reef environments.

Reproduction

Goniopora grow daughter cells in a type of asexual reproduction called fragging. The mother corals have wounds from the daughter corals that usually heal up in about two weeks. The daughter corals grow about 1 millimeter a month. Some scientists suggest that the daughter Goniopora live inside cells of the mother coral before breaking out and growing on their own .

References:

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http://www.coralsoftheworld.org/species_factsheets/species_factsheet_summary/goniopora-albiconus/
http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=288267
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goniopora
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionCnidaria
ClassAnthozoa
OrderScleractinia
FamilyPoritidae
GenusGoniopora
SpeciesGoniopora albiconus