Moseleya latistellata has a unique appearance with colonies tending to consist of few but large corallites which appear similar to warped or melting discs.
Colonies range from green to brown in colour and on closer inspection are adorned with vein like wisps of electric blue.
This EDGE species is uncommon within its range and is particularly susceptible to coral bleaching due to its narrow depth range. Along with many other coral species it has suffered extensive declines due to major threats such as global climate change, and temperature extremes leading to bleaching and increased susceptibility to disease, increased severity of storms, and ocean acidification.
There is no species-specific information for M.latistellata.
- Order: Scleractinia
- Family: Faviidae
- Trend: decreasing
- Depth Range (m): Max depth 10m
M.latistellata is found in shallow tropical waters across the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific Oceans, from Australia and South East Asia to the South China Sea.
Habitat and Ecology
This species is restricted to turbid and muddy shallow tropical reef environments. Colonies are often small in number and found on the back and foreslope of the reef.