Trididemnum solidum are viviparous and start reproducing when they reach a size of 11-15 cm. In Curacao and Panama T. solidum is capable of breeding throughout the year, and maybe only limited by adverse conditions. The larvae have a short free-swimming period and settle very quickly showing a preference for natural coral rock over smooth clean surfaces. The larvae after settlement remian inactive for 3-4 weeks before growing out into small colonies. Colonies grow into 4-5 mm thick whitish to purple coloured mats that may grow over 1 m (Van Duyl et al 1981).
Compiler: IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) with support from the Overseas Territories Environmental Programme (OTEP) project XOT603, a joint project with the Cayman Islands Government - Department of Environment
Publication date: 2010-06-08
Recommended citation: Global Invasive Species Database (2019) Species profile: Trididemnum solidum. Downloaded from http://www.iucngisd.org/gisd/species.php?sc=1654 on 22-05-2019.