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Plate Coral (Montipora capricornis)
species
Additional names
valid name:  Montipora capricornis Veron, 1985
Live specimens in Aquarium
Kingdom: Animals
Cnidaria (Cnidaires)
class: Anthozoa (Corals)
order: Scleractinia (Stony Corals)
family: Acroporidae (Acroporidae)
genus: Montipora (Montipora)


Habitat
Sometimes common on tropical coral reefs. Found at a range of depths from 5 to 25 m.
Range & distribution
Shallow waters in the Red Sea, and Indo-Pacific from eastern Indonesia to Fiji and the Great Barrier Reef.

Diet
planktivore: polyps feed on plankton but also use symbiotic zooxanthellae (micro-algae) to maximize energy consumption of waste products through photosynthesis.

Endangered status
vulnerable
IUCN entry
http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/133422/0


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Record created 2011-07-30 by RSHEPHERD
Record last updated 2013-07-29 by JAW

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