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Oulophyllia bennettae

(Veron and Pichon, 1977)

Colonies are massive with large angular corallites, which may have up to three columellae. Septa are widely spaced, with large rounded teeth and some development of paliform lobes. Septa of adjacent corallites are aligned.

Colour: Distinctive greenish-grey with green oral discs.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Uncommon but conspicuous.

Similar species: Anacropora matthai

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977 as Favites bennettae). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Oulophyllia bennettae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A large dome-shaped colony.  Charlie Veron.

Oulophyllia bennettae. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. A large dome-shaped colony. Charlie Veron.

Oulophyllia bennettae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  This species shows little variation in the shape and colour of corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Oulophyllia bennettae. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. This species shows little variation in the shape and colour of corallites. Charlie Veron.

Oulophyllia bennettae.  Vietnam.  Surface of a small encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Oulophyllia bennettae. Vietnam. Surface of a small encrusting colony. Charlie Veron.

Oulophyllia bennettae.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Oulophyllia bennettae. Philippines. Corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Oulophyllia bennettae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Oulophyllia bennettae. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Oulophyllia bennettae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Oulophyllia bennettae. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Oulophyllia bennettae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Oulophyllia bennettae. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.

Oulophyllia bennettae.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Oulophyllia bennettae. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallites.