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Elegance coral

Catalaphyllia jardinei


Commonly known as Elegance Coral, Catalaphyllia jardinei is a beautiful and evolutionary distinct species that can be found living as a lone polyp or within a colony.

Large pink tubular tentacles contrast with a rich green corallite body to give the species a unique appearance. This species is considered rare but widespread across its range where it typically inhabits shallow and turbid waters. Not surprisingly, the attractiveness of this species means it is heavily targeted in the aquarium trade. Unlike most other hard corals, this species can be found living alone (free living) as well as within colonies.

  • Order: Scleractinia
  • Family: Euphyllidae
  • Trend: unknown
  • Depth Range (m): down to 40

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 4.23 (?)
ED Score: 16.17 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct


This coral is widespread but rare, being found across the Indo-West Pacific, from the northern Indian Ocean, Australia, Philippines and the south China Sea.

Habitat and Ecology

Catalaphyllia jardinei can be found in shallow, tropical reef environments in preferably turbid water. On the Great Barrier Reef it is typically found between 24-30m.

As a hard coral species, the polyps of this species exude calcium carbonate as they grow. This mineral compound is used to form exoskeletons (corallites) around the fleshy polyp, offering protection. Specific oceanic conditions are required for polyps to synthesize and exude calcium carbonate.

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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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Severity unknown
Source: The IUCN List of Threatened Species. Version 2017.1.
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Sylvanna Antat

  • Project name: A study of the role of Marine Protected Areas in the conservation of three EDGE coral species
  • Project site: Seychelles
  • Active: 2013 - 2016
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Grace Quiton

  • Project name: EDGE Coral Reef Conservation in the Pacific Municipalities, Southern Leyte
  • Project site: Southern Leyte, Philippines
  • Active: 2011 - 2013
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