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Platygyra sinensis Brain coral

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Platygyra sinensis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Detail of valleys. Photograph: Charlie Veron

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lexID:
4242 
AphiaID:
207486 
Scientific:
Platygyra sinensis 
German:
Hirnkoralle 
English:
Brain Coral 
Category:
Stony Corals LPS 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Scleractinia (Order) > Merulinidae (Family) > Platygyra (Genus) > sinensis (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Milne Edwards & Haime, ), 1849 
Occurrence:
Kuwait, Eritrea, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, Sudan, Hong Kong, Djibouti, the Persian Gulf , (the) Maldives, American Samoa, Australia, Bahrain, Bunaken, Cambodia, China, Comores, Cook Islands, Coral sea, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Eastern Pacific Ocean, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Bengal / Bay of Bengal, Gulf of Oman / Oman, India, Indian Ocean, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Irak, Iran, Israel, Japan, Java, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marschall Islands, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Niue, Oceania, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Quatar, Queensland, Red Sea, Réunion , Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Tahiti, Taiwan, Tansania, Thailand, the Cargados Carajos Shoals, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), the Seychelles, Timor, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Western Indian Ocean, Yemen 
Sea depth:
0 - 48 Meter 
Size:
up to 31.5" (80 cm) 
Temperature:
71.6 °F - 80.6 °F (22°C - 27°C) 
Food:
Plankton, Zooxanthellae / Light 
Tank:
76.99 gal (~ 350L) 
Difficulty:
Average 
Offspring:
Possible to breed 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
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Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2019-08-27 22:08:26 

Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Platygyra sinensis are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Platygyra sinensis, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Platygyra sinensis, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.

Husbandry

“From Veron, J.E.N. Corals of the World.”
Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849

Description: Colonies are massive or flat and usually fully meandroid, with thin walls. Septa are thin and slightly exsert. Columellae are weakly developed and there are no columella centres.
Color: Variable dull or bright colours.
Habitat: Most reef environments, especially back reef margins.
Abundance: Usually uncommon.
Similar Species: Platygyra ryukyuensis. Resembles Goniastrea favulus underwater.

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