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.
Uniform or mottled dark browns or greens.
Lower reef slopes protected from wave action, and in crevices.
Rare but distinctive.
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).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
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.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.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.
Echinophyllia aspera.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.