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Astreopora moretonensis

Veron and Wallace, 1984

Colonies are laminar or encrusting, sometimes with irregular tubes or columns on the upper surface and rootlets on the lower surface. Corallites are mostly immersed but may be conical on convex surfaces. The coenosteum is smooth.

Colour: Cream or brown.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores, in shallow water.

Abundance: Rare in the tropics but common in subtropical localities of eastern Australia.

Similar species: Astreopora incrustans

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Wallace (1984). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Astreopora moretonensis.  Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Colony forming short branches and tubes.  Charlie Veron.

Astreopora moretonensis.Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.Colony forming short branches and tubes.Charlie Veron.

Astreopora moretonensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A typically encrusting growth-form and smooth, rounded corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Astreopora moretonensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A typically encrusting growth-form and smooth, rounded corallites.Charlie Veron.

Astreopora moretonensis.  Coastal central eastern Australia.  Showing corallites.

Astreopora moretonensis.Coastal central eastern Australia.Showing corallites.

Astreopora moretonensis.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Astreopora moretonensis.Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.Showing colony shape.

Astreopora moretonensis.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Showing corallites.

Astreopora moretonensis.Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.Showing corallites.

Astreopora moretonensis.  Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Showing undersurface of plate showing rootlets.

Astreopora moretonensis.Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.Showing undersurface of plate showing rootlets.

Astreopora moretonensis.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Astreopora moretonensis.Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.Showing colony shape.

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

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