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Cyphastrea chalcidicum

(Forskål, 1775)

Colonies are encrusting to massive, with a tendency to form columns. Corallites are usually widely spaced and conical, with clearly alternating costae which are easily visible underwater. There are 12 primary septa.

Colour: Usually uniform brown, green or cream with corallite walls and calices of contrasting colours.

Habitat: A wide range of reefs, also rocky foreshores of subtropical locations.

Abundance: Common, but less so than C.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977), Wijsman-Best (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Cyphastrea chalcidicum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  An encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.An encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.  Papua New Guinea.  Irregular surface of massive colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.Papua New Guinea.Irregular surface of massive colonies.Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing extratentacular budding in exsert compact corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.Papua New Guinea.Showing extratentacular budding in exsert compact corallites.Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.  Scott Reef, western Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.Scott Reef, western Australia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.  Papua New Guinea.  Irregular surface of massive colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.Papua New Guinea.Irregular surface of massive colonies.Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Cyphastrea chalcidicum.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic corallite structure.