Heterocyathus aequicostatus

Name: Heterocyathus aequicostatus

Functional Group: Hard coral

Default Short Code: HetAeq

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Heterocyathus aequicostatus


Sometimes zooxanthellate. Corals are solitary, free-living, and have a flat base. They have a commensal relationship with a sipunculid worm (Aspidosiphon corallicola) which moves the coral about on soft substrates and prevents it from becoming buried. Tentacles are usually extended only at night. Larvae initially settle on a microgastropod shell which they usually envelop during subsequent growth. Corals have only one corallite which is circular. They have prominent costae.

Colour: Pale brown, often with a greenish oral disc.


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Create Date: July 14, 2015, 8:04 p.m.

Created By: mckenziesierra

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