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Disc Coral

Turbinaria cf. peltata

Description:

This reef-building coral forms colonies of flat, often undulating, overlapping plates, but sometimes vertical columns also occur. A single colony of numerous individual polyps can grow up to several meters in diameter. When the large, greyish-brown polyps are extended, as they frequently are during daytime, the surfaces of the colony have a furry, carpet-like appearance. Unlike other Turbinaria species, T. peltata is zooxanthellate. This means that this species occurs in shallower waters in order for the hosted single-celled organisms to perform photosynthesis. The coral benefits from the energy produced by this process.

Habitat:

Distributed widely in shallow waters of the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific.

Notes:

Not very common in the Davao Gulf, based on my personal experience. Perhaps this species isn't as aggressive as other stony coral varieties here. Spotted this colony at a depth of 7m at the Coral Gardens dive site, off the northeastern coast of Talikud Island.

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2 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 5 years ago

Thanks, Maria! Just trying to make my posts more educational. :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

nice series and the video is a great addition

Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Lat: 6.94, Long: 125.67

Spotted on Jul 15, 2012
Submitted on Jul 16, 2012

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