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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPlesiastrea versipora (Lamarck, 1816) 
AphiaID: 207494

Classification: Biota > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnimalia (Kingdom) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCnidaria (Phylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnthozoa (Class) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorHexacorallia (Subclass) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorScleractinia (Order) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorScleractinia incertae sedis (Family) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPlesiastrea (Genus) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPlesiastrea versipora (Species)
Status accepted
Rank Species
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPlesiastrea Milne Edwards & Haime, 1848
Synonymised
names
  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAstraea versipora Lamarck, 1816 (original combination, wrong genus spelling)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAstrea versipora Lamarck, 1816 (original combination, basionym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorFavia ingolfi Crossland, 1931 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorFavia versipora (Lamarck, 1816) (previous combination)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrbicella gravieri Vaughan, 1907 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrbicella versipora (Lamarck, 1816) (previous combination)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPlesiastrea peroni Milne Edwards, 1857 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPlesiastrea proximans Dennant, 1904 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPlesiastrea quatrefagiana Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPlesiastrea urveilli Edwards & Haime, 1849 (synonym)
Sources  original description Lamarck, J.B.d.1816. Histoire naturelle des Animaux sans Vertèbres, présentant les caractères généraux et particuliers de ces animaux, leur distribution, leurs classes, leurs familles, leurs genres, et la citation des principales espèces qui s'y rapportent; précédée d'une Introduction offrant la Détermination des caractères essentiels de l'Animal, sa distinction du Végétal et des autres corps naturels, enfin, l'exposition des principes fondamentaux de la Zoologie: Paris, Déterville & Verdière., available online at http://www.archive.org/stream/histoirenaturel02lama#page/n7/mode/2up [details]

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Vernacular
Names
 
Language   Name 
English Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorsmall knob coral  [details]
Environment marine, terrestrial
Distribution  Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editortype locality Red Sea [details]
From other sources
Federal Republic of Somalia
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSomalia [details]
Indian Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorAldabra [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorChagos [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorReunion [details]
Madagascar
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMadagascar [details]
Mozambique
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMozambique [details]
Red Sea
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorRed Sea [details]
Republic of Mauritius
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMauritius [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorRodriguez [details]
Seychelles
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSeychelles [details]
South Africa
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSouth Africa (country) [details]
South Pacific Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorIndo-West Pacific [details]
(no group)
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNew Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Barcode of Life 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Biodiversity Heritage Library (24 publications) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Encyclopedia of Life 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo GenBank (53 nucleotides; 10 proteins) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo IUCN Red List 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo USNM Invertebrate Zoology Cnidaria Collection 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo ITIS
Notes 
From editor or global species database
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorBiology zooxanthellate [details]

From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription This species is widespread, and reasonably common. It can often be recognised in situ by its daytime expanded tentacles. Corallites are usually strongly plocoid, and about 3.5 to 4.5 mm diameter. Many examples showed a few "giant" corallites. Budding is predominantly extratentacular but with examples of intratentacular budding on many coralla. On cleaned specimens, a clear ring of large pali distinguishes the species. Reef slopes of clear to moderately turbid water are the usual habitat, in shallow to mid-depths. Tentacles are extended during daytime which make the living coral distinct from other small faviids underwater. (Sheppard, 1998 <308>)
Colonies are flat and are frequently lobed. Corallites are monocentric and plocoid. Daughter corallites are produced by extratentacular budding. Corallites have calices approximately 2.5 mm in diameter. Paliform lobes form a neat circle around small columellae. Polyps are usually extended only at night. Tentacles are short and are of two alternating sizes. Colour: yellow, cream, green or brown, usually pale-coloured in the tropics and brightly coloured (green or brown ) in high latitude areas. Abundance: in high latitudes it occurs in a wide range of non-reefal environments protected from strong wave action, and colonies may attain 3 m in diameter. Occurs in most reef environments but large colonies usually occur only in shaded places, such as under overhangs, and are seldom common. (Veron, 1986 <57>) [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorType locality Type locality: Red Sea (Veron, 1986). [details]
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:207494
Taxonomic
Edit history
 
Date   action   by
1997-02-03 14:17:27Z  created  Vanden Berghe, Edward
2000-07-18 15:57:33Z  changed  Vanden Berghe, Edward
2008-01-16 10:35:54Z  changed  van der Land, Jacob
2013-09-08 13:36:39Z  changed  Hoeksema, Bert
  
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  Citation: Hoeksema, B. (2014). Plesiastrea versipora (Lamarck, 1816). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=207494 on 2014-11-24
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