Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Description

This family is composed largely of an assemblage of genera which have doubtful relationships. All but two genera are small and have relatively restricted distributions. As far as is known, all siderastreids have colonies of separate sex. Colonial (except for some fossil genera), hermatypic, mostly extant. Corallites are immersed with poorly defined walls formed by thickening of the septo-costae. Septa are usually fused along their inner margins to form fan-like groups, they have granulated upper margins and are closely compacted and equally spaced. Related family is the Agaricidae. (Veron, 1986 <57>).
  • MASDEA (1997).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

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Specimen Records:65
Specimens with Sequences:53
Specimens with Barcodes:17
Species:18
Species With Barcodes:16
Public Records:49
Public Species:16
Public BINs:5
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Siderastreidae

Siderastreidae is a family of reef building stony corals. Members of the family include symbiotic algae called Zooxanthellae in their tissues which help provide their energy requirements.

Description[edit]

Members of this family are colonial, hermatypic (reef-building) corals. The corals vary in form and include massive, thickly encrusting, columnar, and irregular forms. The corallites are linked by flowing septa that have granular margins and that are fused in the centre to give fan-shaped or star-shaped groupings. The corallites do not project from the surface of the coral and have ill-defined walls formed from thickened septa.[2][3]

Genera[edit]

The World Register of Marine Species includes the following genera in the family:[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vanden Berghe, Edward (2005). "Siderastreidae". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b Family Siderastreidae WetWebMedia.com. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  3. ^ Coral Hub Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  4. ^ Pseudosiderastrea, WoRMS
  5. ^ Siderastrea, WoRMS
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