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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCraterastrea levis Head, 1983 
AphiaID: 216131

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 editorCoscinaraeidae (Family) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCraterastrea (Genus)
Status accepted
Rank Species
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCraterastrea Head, 1983
Sources  original description Head, S.M. 1983. An undescribed species of Merulina and a new genus and species of siderastreid coral from the Red Sea. Journal of Natural History 17: 419-435. [details]

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Distribution 
From other sources
Indian Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorChagos [details]
Red Sea
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorRed Sea [details]
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Biodiversity Heritage Library (3 publications) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Encyclopedia of Life 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo USNM Invertebrate Zoology Cnidaria Collection 
Note 
From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription So far this genus has been found only in the Red Sea and Chagos Archipelago. It occurs only deep on the reef slope. In Chagos, it provides substantial cover (over 50%) on seaward reef slopes of some atoll slopes at depths of 45 to 60 metres and probably more, while in the Red Sea it likewise occurred on the deeper reef. Probably it is more widespread than present records suggest, but is perhaps rarely noticed because of the depth at which it lives. The coral forms thick plates which project out from the substrate. The plates may exceed 40 cm across. It is grey brown when living, though no photographs of the living coral are known. (Live specimens don't look much different to the bleached skeleton!) The surface is remarkably smooth in appearance. It contains closely packed beaded septo-costae, and small, scattered calices. Many specimens have very few calices at all. (Sheppard, 1998 <308>) [details]
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:216131
Taxonomic
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Date   action   by
1998-01-23 08:03:04Z  created  Fondo, Esther
1998-06-18 15:42:37Z  changed  Vanden Berghe, Edward
2013-02-07 15:13:08Z  checked  Hoeksema, Bert
  
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  Citation: Hoeksema, B. (2014). Craterastrea levis Head, 1983. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=216131 on 2014-08-20
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