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Echinophyllia orpheensis

Veron and Pichon, 1980

Colonies are less than 0.5 metres across and submassive, becoming laminar around the periphery. Corallites are exsert except at the periphery. Costae are thick and beaded. Paliform lobes are usually well developed.

Colour: Usually cream, reddish or pale brown, sometimes with green centres.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Barabattoia amicorum

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. 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 orpheensis.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  A large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.A large colony.Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.  Scott Reef, western Australia.  The typical appearance of a small colony.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.Scott Reef, western Australia.The typical appearance of a small colony.Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallites have thick walls and thick beaded costae.  Ed Lovell.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallites have thick walls and thick beaded costae.Ed Lovell.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.  Philippines.  Corallites have thick walls and thick beaded costae.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.Philippines.Corallites have thick walls and thick beaded costae.Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.  Scott Reef, western Australia.  Tentacles extended.  Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.Scott Reef, western Australia.Tentacles extended.Charlie Veron.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing protuberant corallites.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing protuberant corallites.

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

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

Echinophyllia orpheensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing protuberant corallites.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing protuberant corallites.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Echinophyllia orpheensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing detail of protuberant corallites.

Echinophyllia orpheensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing detail of protuberant corallites.