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Astreopora cucullata

Lamberts, 1980

Colonies are thick or encrusting plates, sometimes with short rootlets. Corallites are irregular, immersed on concave surfaces, exsert on convex surfaces. They are mostly inclined and often have elliptical openings. Papillae around the corallites have a feathery appearance and may form a hood over the openings.

Colour: Cream or pale-brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Astreopora scabra

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Lamberts (1982).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Astreopora cucullata.  Philippines.  Corallites are relatively immersed in depressions of colony surface and have elliptical corallite openings.  Charlie Veron.

Astreopora cucullata.Philippines.Corallites are relatively immersed in depressions of colony surface and have elliptical corallite openings.Charlie Veron.

Astreopora cucullata.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Astreopora cucullata.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Astreopora cucullata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Astreopora cucullata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.

Astreopora cucullata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Astreopora cucullata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Astreopora cucullata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Astreopora cucullata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.

Astreopora cucullata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Astreopora cucullata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Astreopora cucullata.  Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Showing corallites.

Astreopora cucullata.Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.Showing corallites.