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Echinophyllia aspera

(Ellis and Solander, 1788)

Colonies or individuals are thin and delicate. They may have only one corallite or have a prominent central corallite and widely spaced peripheral corallites. Septo-costae radiate from the central corallite like spokes from a wheel.

Colour: Uniform or mottled dark browns or greens.

Habitat: Lower reef slopes protected from wave action, and in crevices.

Abundance: Rare but distinctive.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Echinophyllia aspera.  Philippines.  Forming tiers of plates.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.Philippines.Forming tiers of plates.Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Mainland Japan.  Encrusting colonies at the northern limit of the species distribution range.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.Mainland Japan.Encrusting colonies at the northern limit of the species distribution range.Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  A plate.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.A plate.Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  The central corallite of a small colony. Central corallites are usually indistinguishable in large colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.The central corallite of a small colony. Central corallites are usually indistinguishable in large colonies.Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.null.Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Red Sea.  Forming tiers of plates.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.Red Sea.Forming tiers of plates.Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Variation in corallite shape and colour.  Ed Lovell.

Echinophyllia aspera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Ed Lovell.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Echinophyllia aspera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Echinophyllia aspera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate surface.

Echinophyllia aspera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate surface.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Echinophyllia aspera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Echinophyllia aspera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.

Echinophyllia aspera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Echinophyllia aspera.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.