Pseudosiderastrea tayami   Yabe and Sugiyama,  1935 (Hard Coral)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Hexacorallia

Color: Pale grey with distinctive white corallite walls. Uniform brown in the western Indian Ocean

Colonies are encrusting to slightly dome-shaped and up to 160 millimetres across. Corallites are cerioid, polygonal and 3-6 millimetres diameter. Septa are evenly spaced and usually fuse with each other in fan-like groups. They have fine saw-like teeth. Columellae consist of one to four pinnules. Corallum encrusting with polygonal corallites 4-6 mm long and broad. Intercorallite wall thin, acute. Septa 40 to 50 in large corallite which undergo fusion. Generally 12 major septa reach collumella. Septal sides with granules, edges serrated.

Asexual reproduction by extratentacular budding.

Similar species: Siderastrea savignyana. The species also resembles Coscinaraea and superficially resembles the agariciid Coeloseris and the faviid Leptastrea.

Synonym (s)
Anomastraea (Pseudosiderastrea) tayami Wells 1956
Pseudosiderastrea tayami Yabe and Sugiyama 1935

Common Name (s)
• False Pillow Coral (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Gujarat, Dhani INDIA
• Gujarat, Burel INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 2000)
• Gujarat, Okha INDIA
• Gujarat, Paga INDIA
• Gujarat, Manmarudi INDIA
• Gujarat, Langamarudi INDIA
• Gujarat, Ajad INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman, Pongibalu INDIA
• Kerala, Tangasseri INDIA (Record: 1987-1989)
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA (Record: 1987-1989)
• South West Coast INDIA (Record: 1987-1989)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 8.5) (Long: 79) INDIA (Record: 1987-1989)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1987-1989)

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