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16. Turbinaria peltata


Turbinaria peltata is an attractive and often colourful coral species that is heavily harvested for the aquarium trade.

Large tentacle laden polyps emerge during the day to feed and, like other species within its genus; Turbinaria peltata is a zooxanthellae coral, housing small photosynthetic algae through which it gains nutrients and energy.

There is no species-specific population information, however it is thought to be widespread and common throughout its range but has suffered extensive population reductions due to loss of coral reef habitat.

  • Order: Scleractinia
  • Family: Dendrophylliidae
  • Trend: unknown
  • Depth Range (m): 1 - 25

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 4.24 (?)
ED Score: 16.42 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct


This is a wide ranging species which can be encountered on shallow tropical reef systems across the Indian Ocean, West and Central Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea.

Habitat and Ecology

Turbinaria peltata is an ecologically important reef building coral species which occurs on shallow, sandy reef flats between depths of 9-20m. It is critical in providing a significant proportion of benthic cover in reef habitats. Its large twisting, overlapping plates offer refuge for reef dwelling animals such as fish and vertebrates and larger colony structures can alter microclimates to benefit smaller coral species.

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This wordcloud illustrates the threats facing this species. The size of each word indicates the extent of a species range that is affected by that threat (larger size means a greater area is affected). The colour of the word indicates how much that threat impacts the species (darker shades of red mean the threat is more severe).

Urban development Industrial development Tourism Extreme temperatures Extreme weather Shipping Fishing Recreation Invasive species Native species Wastewater Industry Agriculture Air pollution

Threat wordcloud key:

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Source: The IUCN List of Threatened Species. Version 2017.1.
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