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Plesiastrea versipora Stony coral, Green coral, Small knob coral

Plesiastrea versiporais commonly referred to as Stony coral, Green coral, Small knob coral. Difficulty in the aquarium: Not for beginners. A aquarium size of at least 500 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.

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Plesiastrea versipora 
Großpolypige Steinkoralle 
Stony Coral, Green Coral, Small Knob Coral 
Stony Corals LPS 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Scleractinia (Order) > Plesiastreidae (Family) > Plesiastrea (Genus) > versipora (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Lamarck, ), 1816 
Sudan, Kuwait, Djibouti, Eritrea, (the) Maldives, Africa, American Samoa, Australia, Bahrain, Bunaken, Cambodia, Chile, China, Christmas Islands, Comores, Cook Islands, Coral sea, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, Great Barrier Reef, Guam, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Bengal / Bay of Bengal, Gulf of Oman / Oman, Hawaii, Indian Ocean, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Irak, Iran, Israel, Japan, Java, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marschall Islands, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New South Wales (Australia), New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Oceania, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands, Quatar, Red Sea, Réunion , Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South China Sea, South-Africa, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Tahiti, Taiwan, Tansania, Thailand, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), the Cocos Islands / Keeling Islands, the Seychelles, Timor, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuamoto Islands, Tuvalu, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Western Indian Ocean, Yemen 
Sea depth:
1 - 40 Meter 
up to 118.11" (300 cm) 
71.6 °F - 82.4 °F (22°C - 28°C) 
Dissolved inorganic substances) f.e.NaCL,CA, Mag, K, I.P, Dissolved organic substances, Plankton, Zooxanthellae / Light 
109.99 gal (~ 500L) 
Not for beginners 
Possible to breed 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Appendix II ((commercial trade possible after a safety assessment by the exporting country)) 
Red List:
Least concern (LC)  
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
Last edit:
2019-09-26 15:36:10 

Captive breeding / propagation

The offspring of Plesiastrea versipora are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Plesiastrea versipora, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Plesiastrea versipora, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.


“From Veron, J.E.N. Corals of the World.”
Lamarck, 1816

Description: Colonies are flat and are frequently lobed, up to 3 metres across in high latitude localities, usually smaller in the tropics. Corallites are 2-4 millimetres diameter. Paliform lobes form a neat circle around small columellae. Tentacles are sometimes extended during the day; they are short and are of two alternating sizes.
Color: Yellow, cream, green or brown, usually pale colours in the tropics and bright colours (green or brown) in high latitude areas.
Habitat: Occurs in most reef environments but especially in shaded places such as under overhangs. Also occurs on rocky foreshores of temperate locations protected from strong wave action.
Abundance: Seldom common.
Similar Species: Plesiastrea devantieri. Sometimes confused with other faviids with corallites of similar size notably Favia stelligera and some Montastrea and Cyphastrea species.

Astraea versipora Lamarck, 1816
Astrea versipora Lamarck, 1816
Favia ingolfi Crossland, 1931
Favia versipora (Lamarck, 1816)
Orbicella gravieri Vaughan, 1907
Orbicella versipora (Lamarck, 1816)
Plesiastrea peroni Milne Edwards, 1857
Plesiastrea proximans Dennant, 1904
Plesiastrea quatrefagiana Milne Edwards & Haime, 1849
Plesiastrea urveilli Edwards & Haime, 1849

Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Hexacorallia (Subclass) > Scleractinia (Order) > Scleractinia incertae sedis (Family) > Plesiastrea (Genus)

External links

  1. Corals of the World by Charlie Veron (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  3. SeaLifeBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  4. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.



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