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Caulastrea curvata

Wijsman-Best, 1972

Colonies are usually small. Corallites are sometimes compact, but usually sprawl irregularly. They are characteristically curved at the colony periphery and average 8 millimetres diameter.

Colour: Pale brown.

Habitat: Flat substrates, often found with C. furcata.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wijsman-Best (1972), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Caulastrea curvata.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  Showing long thin tubular corallites curving at the colony perimeter. The usual appearance of the species.  Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea curvata.Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.Showing long thin tubular corallites curving at the colony perimeter. The usual appearance of the species.Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea curvata.  Papua New Guinea.  A small colony with short corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea curvata.Papua New Guinea.A small colony with short corallites.Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea curvata.  Philippines.  Corallites are sometimes closely compacted in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea curvata.Philippines.Corallites are sometimes closely compacted in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea curvata.  Philippines.  Corallites are sometimes closely compacted in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea curvata.Philippines.Corallites are sometimes closely compacted in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea curvata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites and branch shape.

Caulastrea curvata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites and branch shape.

Caulastrea curvata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Caulastrea curvata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony shape.

Caulastrea curvata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Caulastrea curvata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony shape.

Caulastrea curvata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branching pattern.

Caulastrea curvata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branching pattern.