Heliopora coerulea (Pallas, ). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: ?p=taxdetails&id= Heliopora coerulea. (PALLAS, ). INVERT Bob Goemans. Common Names: Blue coral, ridge coral. Phylum: Cnidaria Class: Anthozoa. Blue coral. Heliopora coerulea. Family Helioporidae updated Mar if you learn only 3 things about them They produce a hard skeleton but are considered.

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Blue corals (Heliopora coerulea) on the Shores of Singapore

Pulau Hantu, Apr Heliopora colonies can be arborescent, plate-like, or form columns. Pulau Biola, Dec In the water it looks very much like the fire corals, hard corals in the Millepora genus such as the Fire Coral Millepora alcicornis.

Another unique aspect of the Blue Coral is that it is one of only two types of familiar Octocorals that calcify an external skeleton. If you are able to help please contact: The polyps of the blue coral each have eight tentacles 3and the colonies form branching, plate-like or columnar colonies 4.

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Singapore Biodiversity Records These corals are restricted to shallow, tropical, marine environments. One directional water flow is not suggested as it will stress the coral and harm the polyps. Want to share your sightings? Blog Friday 05 October Wildscreen With: Terumbu Cosrulea, Jan Sign up to our newsletter Get the latest coerullea news direct to your inbox. They produce a hard skeleton but are considered members of the group of soft corals because of the structure of their polyps.

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Blue Coral

It is the only known living species in its family, Helioporidae, and the only species in its genus. Report Broken Video Very informative video. Soft Corals and Sea Fans. They have the ability, like some leather corals to shed a layer of skin to keep algae and bacteria build up away.

In return, the coral provides the zooxanthellae with protection, and access to sunlight. In captivity, the Blue Coral will generally use bright light and zooxanthellae as their main food source, although Marine Snow, Artemia nauplii, rotifers and other fine particulate foods can be supplemented.

Photosynthesis Hwliopora process characteristic of plants in which carbon dioxide is broken down, using energy from sunlight absorbed by the green pigment chlorophyll. This species is featured in: It may NOT be used within Apps. You can read more about this at advancedaquarist.

Similar to the Pipe Organ Coral, this coral is gathered for its blue coerulsa base by collectors and those who make and sell jewelry. Blue corals will form part of the marine community in many marine protected areas MPAswhich offer coral reefs a degree of protection, and there are many calls from non-governmental organisations for larger MPAs to ensure the persistence of these unique and fascinating ecosystems 7.

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Blue coral biology Blue corals are hermatypic corals, and therefore have microscopic algae zooxanthellae living within their tissues. Retrieved 17 August By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Blue coral Heliopora coerulea Family Helioporidae updated Mar 13 if you learn he,iopora 3 things about them The absolute beauty of the coral’s blue skeleton has made it popular with curio collectors.


The name origin of the Blue Coral Heliopora coerulea comes from the color of the animal’s aragonite skeleton. X Close Link to this photo Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below. Pulau Salu, Aug Its colonies are either columnar, plates or branched. Zann; Lesley Bolton September It may NOT be used within Apps. He,iopora Senang, Jun This may allow the larvae to develop further, and thus when the mature larvae are released into the water column it is able to settle in quickly.

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MyARKive offers the scrapbook feature hrliopora signed-up members, allowing you to organize your favourite Arkive images and videos and share them with friends. The coral polyp is basically heljopora anemone-like animal that secretes a skeleton, at the base of which it is joined to other polyps to form a colony. Retrieved from ” https: Retrieved 13 January Fabricius, Katharina and Philip Alderslade, The Blue Coral Heliopora coerulea is actually a soft coral, rather than a stony coral.

Their polyps come out at feeding coerula and their “blue” coloring is actually inside the coral with more of a tannish skin. Their skeleton is blue on the inside. Blue corals may also be threatened by over-harvesting for the coral trade, where it was one of the top ten genera of corals traded between and 8.