IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

Habitat

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Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species occurs in shallow reef environments and rubble, generally to depths of less than 5 m. Colonies are nodular or form small flattened branches; the latter may be only weakly attached to the substratum.

In general, Psammocora species are very slow growing corals; with a calculated growth rate of 0.6 cm/year for P. superficialis in Costa Rica (Guzmn and Corts 1993, Guzmn and Corts 1989). Sexual reproduction is important, but asexual reproduction and fragmentation are more effective strategies for colonizing free areas within the reef (Corts and Guzmn 1998). However, Psammocora species are considered to be amongst the most opportunistic species because of the capacity to rapidly recolonize open areas after disturbances (Guzmn and Corts 2001).

Systems
  • Marine

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