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Echinopora hirsutissima

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849

Colonies are submassive or encrusting. Corallites are 4-7 millimetres diameter and are thick walled with prominent skeletal structures. Costae are strongly beaded. The coenosteum is densely covered with thick, finely elaborated spinules.

Colour: Mustard, green, brown or purple, often with pale septo-costae.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common in the western Indian Ocean, rare elsewhere.

Similar species: Echinopora irregularis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Chevalier (1975), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Echinopora hirsutissima.  Tanzania.  The common appearance of an encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.Tanzania.The common appearance of an encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.  Seychelle Islands.  Colonies often have irregular shapes.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.Seychelle Islands.Colonies often have irregular shapes.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.  null.  Variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.null.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.  Tanzania.  Variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.Tanzania.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.  Tanzania.  Variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.Tanzania.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.  Red Sea.  Variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.Red Sea.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.  Madagascar.  Variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.Madagascar.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora hirsutissima.  "Indian Ocean".  No text reqd.

Echinopora hirsutissima."Indian Ocean".No text reqd.

Echinopora hirsutissima.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Echinopora hirsutissima.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.

Echinopora hirsutissima.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Echinopora hirsutissima.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branches.

Echinopora hirsutissima.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Echinopora hirsutissima.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.