Colonies are usually open branched, becoming bushy on upper reef slopes and in shallow lagoons. Main branches of colonies in turbid water have irregular branchlets; those in shallow clear water have compact branchlets, giving colonies a bushy appearance. Corallites are irregular and the surface of branches is rough. Tentacles are usually extended during the day.
Usually pale blue (which may photograph pink or purple), sometimes dark blue or pale yellow or brown. Polyps are pale blue or white.
Turbid water around fringing reefs.
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.