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Halomitra pileus

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Halomitra pileus. Tanzania. Typical surface appearance with groups of septo-costae running in different directions. Photograph: Charlie Veron.

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lexID:
4413 
AphiaID:
207361 
Scientific:
Halomitra pileus 
German:
großpolypige Steinkoralle 
English:
Stony Coral 
Category:
LPS 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Scleractinia (Order) > Fungiidae (Family) > Halomitra (Genus) > pileus (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Linnaeus, ), 1758 
Occurrence:
Tansania, Australia, Great Barrier Reef, Madagaskar, Papa Ny Guinea 
Size:
bis zu 15cm 
Temperature:
24°C - 26°C 
Food:
dyreplankton, Plankton, planteplankton, Zooxanthellae / Lys 
Tank:
~ 200 Liter 
Difficulty:
Middels 
CITES:
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life
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Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2012-05-25 12:35:30 

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“From Veron, J.E.N. Corals of the World.”

Halomitra pileus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Characters: Colonies are large, free-living, thin and delicate, and circular, dome or bell-shaped. They have no axial furrow. Corallites are widely spaced and increase in size as the colony grows. In small colonies, septo-costae radiate in a fan from the initial point of growth or are perpendicular to the colony margin, in which case they form distinct lines of demarcation.

Septa have teeth similar to those of Fungia fungites. Tentacles of mature colonies are extended only at night; those of juvenile colonies are commonly extended during the day.

Colour: Pale brown, frequently with bright pink or purple margins. Corallite centres are commonly white.

Habitat: Middle to lower reef slopes protected from wave action and lagoons on soft substrates.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Zoopilus echinatus

Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Pichon (1980), Hoeksema (1989). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).


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