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Catalaphyllia jardinei

(Saville-Kent, 1893)

Colonies are flabello-meandroid with straight edged septa forming wide V-shaped valleys. Valleys are evenly spaced and have sharp edged walls. Septa are widely spaced. There are no columellae. Polyps have large tubular tentacles extending from large fleshy oral discs. Forms satellite colonies (like the poritid Goniopora stokesi) in aquaria.

Colour: Distinctive green with pink tentacle tips and a striped oral disc.

Habitat: Occurs in protected, preferably turbid water.

Abundance: Seldom common but conspicuous. Rare in the western Indian Ocean.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1971a), Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Catalaphyllia jardinei.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  This colour pattern is found throughout most of the species distribution range.  Ed Lovell.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.This colour pattern is found throughout most of the species distribution range.Ed Lovell.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.  Indonesia.  Small colonies consist mostly of fleshy polyps with small underlying skeletons.  Roger Steene.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.Indonesia.Small colonies consist mostly of fleshy polyps with small underlying skeletons.Roger Steene.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.  Mainland Japan.  With tentacles retracted. Colonies from an isolated population in mainland Japan have colour distinctions, but otherwise are indistinguishable from colonies in tropical locations.  Moritaka Nishihra.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.Mainland Japan.With tentacles retracted. Colonies from an isolated population in mainland Japan have colour distinctions, but otherwise are indistinguishable from colonies in tropical locations.Moritaka Nishihra.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valleys.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valley and straight-edged septa.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valley and straight-edged septa.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony shape.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing a large colony.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing a large colony.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing a juvenile colony.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing a juvenile colony.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing common colony size.

Catalaphyllia jardinei.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing common colony size.