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Echinophyllia echinoporoides

Veron and Pichon, 1980

Colonies are encrusting laminae, sometimes with nodules at the colony centre. Corallites are small (4-6 mm diameter), mostly immersed and are slightly inclined towards the colony margins.

Colour: Usually a uniform cream to dark brownish-green, but commonly brick red in Japan.

Habitat: Most reef environments but especially turbid water on protected steeply sloping substrates.

Abundance: Uncommon in Australia, common in the northern hemisphere.

Similar species:

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 echinoporoides.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  An encrusting colony with nodular upgrowths towards the colony centre.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia echinoporoides. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. An encrusting colony with nodular upgrowths towards the colony centre. Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia echinoporoides.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Surface view of a explanate plate.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia echinoporoides. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Surface view of a explanate plate. Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia echinoporoides.  Philippines.  Variation in colour and corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia echinoporoides. Philippines. Variation in colour and corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia echinoporoides.  Philippines.  Variation in colour and corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia echinoporoides. Philippines. Variation in colour and corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia echinoporoides.  Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia.  Variation in colour and corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia echinoporoides. Middleton Reef, south-eastern Australia. Variation in colour and corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Echinophyllia echinoporoides.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing peripheral corallites.

Echinophyllia echinoporoides. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing peripheral corallites.

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

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