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Echinophyllia echinata

(Saville-Kent, 1871)

Colonies are thin, flat to vase-shaped laminae with a conspicuous central corallite in smaller colonies and widely spaced radial corallites. Costae are exsert, unequal and smooth or toothed.

Colour: Mottled brown, green and red.

Habitat: Protected reef environments, especially vertical faces and lower reef slopes.

Abundance: Usually rare.

Similar species: Oxypora crassispinosa

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Echinophyllia echinata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Valerie Taylor.

Echinophyllia echinata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Corallite detail. Valerie Taylor.

Echinophyllia echinata.  Indonesia.  A young colony.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia echinata. Indonesia. A young colony. Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

Echinophyllia echinata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing central corallite.

Echinophyllia echinata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing central corallite.

Echinophyllia echinata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing small colony with central corallite.

Echinophyllia echinata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing small colony with central corallite.

Echinophyllia echinata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Echinophyllia echinata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony surface.