Green Bubble Coral
Facts about this animal
The Green Bubble Coral is a stony coral with large polyps. It can grow to 1-2 m and produces a basal calcareous skeleton. Although there are many polyps there is only one large oral opening. The Green Bubble Coral has bubble-like processes next to its tentacles in order to enlarge the surface and to offer more space and light to the symbiotic algae, the so called zooxanthellae which make the bubbles green. These bubbles shrink during night and the tentacles expand to 4-5 cm in order to capture food. The colour is green or blue.
Fertilization takes place in the digestive cavity and the planula larvae are released through the mouth. The larvae settle after one day and soon produce a calcareous basal plate. Within a few weeks tentacles grow.
|Name (Scientific)||Plerogyra sinuosa|
|Name (English)||Green Bubble Coral|
|Name (French)||Corail bulles|
|Name (Spanish)||Coral duro|
|Local names||Dutch: Blaaskoraal
Italian: Corallo a bolle
|CITES Status||Appendix II|
|CMS Status||Not listed|
|Habitat||It preferably lives in turbid lagoons and on the slopes of reefs where light is not so intensive. On rocky bottom.|
|Wild population||Population trend unknown|
|Zoo population||54 reported to ISIS (2008)|
In the Zoo
Why do zoos keep this animal
The Green Bubble Coral was among the first corals which could be kept in the aquarium because they are hardy. It its large and, therefore, suitable for exhibit.