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Astreopora myriophthalma

(Lamarck, 1816)

Colonies are hemispherical, with an even surface. Corallites are evenly spaced and conical with rounded, upright or outwardly directed openings. The coenosteum has outwardly directed papillae.

Colour: Cream, brownish blue or yellow, sometimes mottled.

Habitat: Most reef habitats except very turbid water.

Abundance: By far the most common Astreopora.

Similar species: Astreopora gracilis , Astreopora listeri

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Lamberts (1982), Veron and Wallace (1984). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Astreopora myriophthalma.  Papua New Guinea.  Colonies are commonly boulder-shaped in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Astreopora myriophthalma. Papua New Guinea. Colonies are commonly boulder-shaped in shallow water. Charlie Veron.

Astreopora myriophthalma.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A small colony. Papillae between the corallites are distinguished by their white tips.  Ed Lovell.

Astreopora myriophthalma. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. A small colony. Papillae between the corallites are distinguished by their white tips. Ed Lovell.

Astreopora myriophthalma.  Red Sea.  Variation in the appearance of corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Astreopora myriophthalma. Red Sea. Variation in the appearance of corallites. Charlie Veron.

Astreopora myriophthalma.  Papua New Guinea.  Variation in the appearance of corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Astreopora myriophthalma. Papua New Guinea. Variation in the appearance of corallites. Charlie Veron.

Astreopora myriophthalma.  Madagascar.  Common appearance of colonies in wave hammered environments.  Charlie Veron.

Astreopora myriophthalma. Madagascar. Common appearance of colonies in wave hammered environments. Charlie Veron.

Astreopora myriophthalma.  Tanzania.  Variation in the appearance of corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Astreopora myriophthalma. Tanzania. Variation in the appearance of corallites. Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

Astreopora myriophthalma.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Astreopora myriophthalma. Southern Red Sea. Showing corallites.

Astreopora myriophthalma.  Coral Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Astreopora myriophthalma. Coral Sea. Showing colony surface.

Astreopora myriophthalma.  Coral Sea.  Showing whole colony.

Astreopora myriophthalma. Coral Sea. Showing whole colony.