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Alveopora verrilliana

Dana, 1872

Colonies are composed of short irregularly dividing knob-like branches. Corallites have short blunt septal spines and a palisade of vertical spines above the wall. Polyps are long when extended.

Colour: Dark greenish-brown, grey or chocolate, sometimes with white oral cones and/or tentacle tips.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1982). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Alveopora verrilliana.  Coral Sea.  The characteristic appearance of a lobed colony.  Ed Lovell.

Alveopora verrilliana.Coral Sea.The characteristic appearance of a lobed colony.Ed Lovell.

Alveopora verrilliana.  Coral Sea.  With A. fenestrata (polyps retracted).  Ed Lovell.

Alveopora verrilliana.Coral Sea.With A. fenestrata (polyps retracted).Ed Lovell.

Alveopora verrilliana.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Alveopora verrilliana.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Alveopora verrilliana.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing palisade of corallite spines.

Alveopora verrilliana.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing palisade of corallite spines.

Alveopora verrilliana.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Alveopora verrilliana.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony shape.

Alveopora verrilliana.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Alveopora verrilliana.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.