poritidae

“Mustard Hill Coral” (Porites asteroides)

Also known as the yellow porites, the mustard hill coral is a species of colonial stony coral from the family Poritidae, which occurs in shallow waters on reefs in the tropical west Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Like other coral colonies, the colonies of P. asteroides are carnivorous and will feed at night for various zooplankton and bacteria using their stinging nematocysts to dispatch them. 

Classification

Animalia-Cnidaria-Anthozoa-Hexacorallia-Scleractina-Poritidae-Porites-P. asteroides

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