Colonies are prostrate or irregularly branched. Branches taper towards their ends. There may be one or more axial corallites which are almost immersed. Radial corallites are smooth and rounded. The coenosteum is smooth and composed of fine spinules with elaborated tips.
Pale or dark brown with pale corallites.
Shallow water, especially exposed upper reef slopes and sand flats.
Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Wallace (1984), Wallace (1999). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.