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Colpophyllia natans (Boulder brain coral)

Wikipedia Abstract

Colpophyllia natans, known as boulder brain coral and large-grooved brain coral, is a species of stony coral found primarily in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. It inhabits the slopes and tops of reefs, to a maximum depth of fifty metres. It is characterised by large, domed colonies, which may be up to two metres across, and by the meandering network of ridges and valleys on its surface.
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Prey / Diet

Acartia lilljeborgii[1]
Acartia spinata[1]
Acartia tonsa[1]
Brachyscelus crusculum[1]
Centropages furcatus[1]
Corycaeus amazonicus[1]
Corycaeus subulatus[1]
Euchaeta marina[1]
Eurydice littoralis[1]
Euterpina acutifrons[1]
Farranula gracilis[1]
Flaccisagitta enflata[1]
Fritillaria haplostoma[1]
Glossocephalus milneedwardsi[1]
Krohnitta subtilis[1]
Labidocera acutifrons[1]
Lestrigonus bengalensis[1]
Microsetella rosea[1]
Oikopleura dioica[1]
Oikopleura longicauda[1]
Oithona colcarva[1]
Oithona nana[1]
Oithona oculata[1]
Oithona plumifera[1]
Oithona simplex[1]
Oncaea mediterranea[1]
Oncaea venusta[1]
Paracalanus aculeatus[1]
Paracalanus crassirostris[1]
Paracalanus parvus[1]
Penilia avirostris[1]
Serratosagitta serratodentata[1]
Undinula vulgaris[1]


Calliostoma javanicum (chocolate-line topsnail)[1]
Canthigaster rostrata (Sharpnose pufferfish)[1]
Chaetodon capistratus (School mistress)[1]
Chaetodon sedentarius (School mistress)[1]
Coralliophila aberrans (globose coralsnail)[1]
Coralliophila caribaea (Caribbean coralsnail)[2]
Coralliophila galea (helmet coralsnail)[2]
Diadema antillarum (long-spined sea urchin)[1]
Entomacrodus nigricans (Pearl Blenny)[1]
Hermodice carunculata (Fireworm)[1]
Microspathodon chrysurus (Yellowtail damselfish)[1]
Phragmatopoma caudata[1]
Prognathodes aculeatus (Poey's butterflyfish)[1]
Sparisoma viride (Stoplight parrotfish)[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Florida Aquarium


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Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2del Monaco, Carlos, Estrella Villamizar, and Samuel Narciso. "Selectivity of preys of Coralliophila abbreviata and C. caribaea in coral reefs of the National Park Morrocoy, Venezuela: an experimental approximation/Selectividad de presas de Coralliophila abbreviata y C. caribaea en arrecifes coralinos del Parque Nacional Morrocoy, Venezuela: una aproximacion experimental." Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research 38.1 (2010): 57+. Academic OneFile. Web. 15 July 2014.
3Live coral predation by parrotfishes (Perciformes: Scaridae) in the Abrolhos Bank, eastern Brazil, with comments on the classification of species into functional groups, Ronaldo B. Francini-Filho, Rodrigo L. Moura, Camilo M. Ferreira and Ericka O. C. Coni, Neotropical Ichthyology, 6(2):191-200, 2008
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