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Tubastraea coccinea
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Tubastraea coccinea
Taxonomic Group: Cnidarians-Anthozoans


Tubastraea coccinea is an azooxanthellate coral commonly known as the Orange Cup Coral. It has a broad native range, spanning the Indo-Pacific from the Red Sea and Madagascar, to the west coast of the tropical Americas from the Gulf of California to Peru. It is introduced in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic coast of Florida, the Caribbean, Brazil and possibly West Africa (the identification here is questionable). In some areas, this coral is common on natural substrates such as rocks and coral reefs. However, in U.S. waters, it is largely confined to artificial substrates such as oil platforms, shipwrecks, and artificial reefs, but its spread to coral reefs is a concern, particularly in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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