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Coeloseris mayeri

Vaughan, 1918

Colonies are massive, either rounded or hillocky. Corallites are cerioid, without columellae and with neatly arranged (almost Siderastrea-like) septo-costae. Septo-costae are joined at the top of the walls. Tentacles are extended only at night.

Colour: Pale green, yellow or brown, usually with darker calices.

Habitat: Shallow upper reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Anomastraea irregularis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Pichon (1980), Dai and Lin (1992). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Coeloseris mayeri.  Papua New Guinea.  The usual appearance of a small colony.  Gerry Allen.

Coeloseris mayeri.Papua New Guinea.The usual appearance of a small colony.Gerry Allen.

Coeloseris mayeri.  Palau.  Corallite detail.  Gustav Paulay.

Coeloseris mayeri.Palau.Corallite detail.Gustav Paulay.

Coeloseris mayeri.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing tentacles partly extended during the day.  Charlie Veron.

Coeloseris mayeri.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing tentacles partly extended during the day.Charlie Veron.

Coeloseris mayeri.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Coeloseris mayeri.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Coeloseris mayeri.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Coeloseris mayeri.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Coeloseris mayeri.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Coeloseris mayeri.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Coeloseris mayeri.  South Africa.  Showing corallites.

Coeloseris mayeri.South Africa.Showing corallites.