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Caulastrea tumida

Matthai, 1928

Colonies are phaceloid or plocoid, the former being predominant in high latitudes and very shallow water. Corallites are short and sturdy, 10-15 millimetres diameter, and frequently have more than one mouth. Costae are poorly developed.

Colour: Dull cream, grey and green.

Habitat: Shallow reefs, and rocky foreshores of subtropical locations.

Abundance: Common only in Western Australia and Japan.

Similar species: Caulastrea connata , Favia vietnamensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Caulastrea tumida.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  With short tubular corallites, the usual appearance of the species.  Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea tumida.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.With short tubular corallites, the usual appearance of the species.Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea tumida.  Philippines.  This species is more fleshy then other Caulastrea, with corallites which tend to fuse.  null.

Caulastrea tumida.Philippines.This species is more fleshy then other Caulastrea, with corallites which tend to fuse.null.

Caulastrea tumida.  Philippines.  This species is more fleshy then other Caulastrea, with corallites which tend to fuse.  Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea tumida.Philippines.This species is more fleshy then other Caulastrea, with corallites which tend to fuse.Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea tumida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Caulastrea tumida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Caulastrea tumida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Caulastrea tumida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Caulastrea tumida.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing stunted branches.

Caulastrea tumida.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing stunted branches.