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Cyphastrea serailia

(Forskål, 1775)

Colonies are massive to columnar with a smooth or hillocky surface. Corallites are rounded and equal in size. Costae do not alternate strongly. There are 12 primary septa.

Colour: Usually uniform or mottled grey, brown or cream.

Habitat: All reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This is the most common and widespread Cyphastrea, yet is poorly defined. In isolated localities it may have little variation, while in central regions it is highly variable. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Chevalier (1975), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977), Wijsman-Best (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Cyphastrea serailia.  Papua New Guinea.  Large colonies are usually massive in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea serailia.Papua New Guinea.Large colonies are usually massive in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea serailia.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Showing common variation in corallite structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea serailia.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.Showing common variation in corallite structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea serailia.  Scott Reef, western Australia.  Showing common variation in corallite structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea serailia.Scott Reef, western Australia.Showing common variation in corallite structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea serailia.  Vietnam.  Showing common variation in corallite structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea serailia.Vietnam.Showing common variation in corallite structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea serailia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing common variation in corallite structure and colour.  Ed Lovell.

Cyphastrea serailia.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing common variation in corallite structure and colour.Ed Lovell.

Cyphastrea serailia.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing common variation in corallite structure and colour.  Ed Lovell.

Cyphastrea serailia.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing common variation in corallite structure and colour.Ed Lovell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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