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.
Usually cream, reddish or pale brown, sometimes with green centres.
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).
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.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.Philippines.Corallites have thick walls and thick beaded costae.Charlie Veron.
Echinophyllia orpheensis.Scott Reef, western Australia.Tentacles extended.Charlie Veron.