What are the twenty coral species commonly found in Hong Kong Marine Parks?
Classification of corals?
Description of twenty selected coral species commonly found within Hong Kong Marine Park Areas
Turbinaria peltata (Esper, 1794)
| Field characteristics:
||Corals are in laminar form, composed of several plates stacking onto each other. Some colonies have only a single plate with undulating margins, giving rise to a bowl shape growth form. The plates are fairly thick and large, polyps are well separated and are extended during the day. Sometimes these plate-like colonies have columnar upright growth. This is especially seen in colonies over 1 meter in size. Colours range from pink to purple.
| Distribution :
||Widespread distribution, mostly recorded from the northeastern and eastern waters. Large colonies are observed in the Marine Parks in the northeastern part of Hong Kong waters.