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Fungia fungites (Linnaeus, 1758)                                                

Common Mushroom Coral

Ben Murphy (2012)




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References & Links

References & Links

Australian Institute of Marine Science (2011a) Corals of the World, Fungia Fungites. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia.  viewed October 2012

Australian Institute of Marine Science (2011b) Corals of the World, Fungia Scutinaria . Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia.  viewed October 2012

Chadwick-Furman, N & Loya, Y. 1992. Migration, habitat use, and competition among mobile corals (Scleractinia:Fungiidae) in the gulf of Eilat, Red Sea. Marine Biology 114: 317-623

Erjardt H & Knop D. 2005. Corals Indo-Pacific Field Guide, 1st edn, IKAN, Frankfurt, Germany

Fearon, RJ & Cameron. 1997. Preliminary evidence supporting the ability of hermatypic corals to affect adversely larvae and early settlement stages of hard corals. Journal of Chemical Ecology 23(7) 1769-1780

Gilmpur, JP 2002(a). Substantial asexual recruitment of mushroom corals contributed little population genetics of adults in conditions of chronic sedimentation

Gilmour JP 2002(b). Acute sedimentation causes size-specific mortality and asexual budding in the mushroom coral Fungia fungites. Mar Freshwater Res 53:805–812

Glynn, PW.1998. Bioerosion and coral-reef growth: a dynamic balance. Life and death of coral reefs 68-95.

Gilmour, PJ. 2004(a). Asexual budding in Fungiid corals. Coral Reefs 23:595

Gilmour, PJ. 2004(b). Size-structure of populations of the mushroom coral Fungia fungites: the role of disturbance. Coral Reefs 23:493-504

Gittenberger, A, Reijnen, BT & Hoeksema, BW. 2011. A molecularly based phylogent reconstruction of mushroom corals (Scleractinia: Fungiidae) with taxonomic consequences and evolutionary implications for life histroy traits. Contributions to Zoology. 80(2):107-132

Hoeksema, E., Obura, C., Wood, E., Rogers, A. & Quibilan, M. 2008. Fungia fungites. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <>. Downloaded on 24 October 2012.

Hoeksema BW & Waheed Z. 2012. It pays to have a big mouth: mushroom corals ingesting salps at northwest Borneo. Marine Biodiv 42:297-302

Hoeksema, BW & Yeemin, BW. 2011. Late detachment conceals serial budding by the free-living coral Fungia fungites in the Inner Gulf of Thailand. Coral Reefs 30:975

Jokiel, P. L., Cowdin, H. P. (1976). Hydromechanical adaptation in the solitary free-living coral Fungia scutaria. Nature, Lond. 262:212-213

Pratchett, MS. 2007. Feeding preferences of Acanthaster planci (Echinodermate: Asteroidea) under controlled conditions and food availability. Pacific Science 61(1):113-120

Ruppert, E. E., Fox, R. S. & Barnes, R. D. 2004. Invertebrate Ecology: A Functional Evolutionary Approach, Seventh Edition. Brooks/Coles, USA.

Stafford-SMith MG, 1993. Sediment- rejection efficiency of 22 species of Australian scleractinian corals. Marine Biology 115, 229-243



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