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Echinopora lamellosa

(Esper, 1795)

Colonies are thin laminae arranged in whorls or tiers or, rarely, forming tubes. Stands over 5 metres across are not unusual. Corallites are relatively thin walled and small (2.5-4 mm diameter). Columellae are small and compact, and paliform lobes are well developed.

Colour: Amber, pale to dark brown or greenish, often with darker brown or green calices.

Habitat: May be a dominant species in shallow water habitats with flat substrates.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Echinopora ashmorensis , Echinopora pacificus

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Chevalier (1975), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Echinopora lamellosa.  Tanzania.  A large colony of tiered plates.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa. Tanzania. A large colony of tiered plates. Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  A complex of plates of different colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa. Dampier Archipelago, western Australia. A complex of plates of different colonies. Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa.  Tanzania.  Forming flat plates.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa. Tanzania. Forming flat plates. Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa.  null.  This species sometimes forms upright tubes, superficially resembling those of E. ashmorensis.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa. null. This species sometimes forms upright tubes, superficially resembling those of E. ashmorensis. Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Common variation in corallite shape and colour. Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Common variation in corallite shape and colour. Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora lamellosa. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Common variation in corallite shape and colour. Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

Echinopora lamellosa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing tube formation.

Echinopora lamellosa. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing tube formation.

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

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