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Moseleya latistellata


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

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 5.03 (?)
ED Score: 37.15 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct


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.

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Conservation Actions

For each key category of conservation action, we calculated a conservation attention score based on expert information. In this graph, a higher score means the action is being carried out more intensively over more of the species range. The colour shows how important each action is considered to be for the conservation of this species.

Engaging stakeholders
Addressing threats
Status of knowledge
Management plan
Capacity building
Behaviour change
Awareness raising
  Score: 100 means the activity occurs at high level across more than 75% of the species range
Very Low

Overall Conservation Attention

We combined all of the expert information on conservation actions to calculate an overall conservation attention score for this species. Please help us to reach our goal of establishing dedicated conservation attention at “High” levels for all EDGE species.

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More information

Recent studies have grouped all possible conservation activities for any species into nine key categories (Washington et. al 2015). For each action, we asked experts for each species to assess the extent to which that action is being carried out and how much of the species’ range that action occurs in. For each action we used these two pieces of information to calculate the conservation attention score per action. A score of 100 means that the action is being carried out to a high level across at least 75% of the species range. We then combined the scores for all actions into an overall conservation attention score for the species. The experts also judged how important each category was to the conservation of that particular species.

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 Volcanoes Earthquakes Avalanches Habitat change Droughts Extreme temperatures Extreme weather Crops Wood plantations Livestock Aquaculture Fossil fuel Mining Renewable energy Roads/Rail Utility lines Shipping Flight paths Hunting Gathering Logging Fishing Recreation Wars Work Fire Dams Ecosystem changes Invasive species Native species Introduced genetic material Disease Wastewater Industry Agriculture Garbage Air pollution Energy

Threat wordcloud key:

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