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Fungia moluccensis

Horst, 1919

Polyps are usually attached to, or encrust, the substrate. They may be shaped like Fungia paumotensis but are commonly contorted. They usually have a strong central arch. In specimens which are not contorted, primary septa extend from the mouth to the perimeter. Secondary mouths are sometimes formed. Costae are irregular. An attachment scar is usually prominent.

Colour: Brown, cream or mottled.

Habitat: Reef slopes and turbid environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Pichon (1980), Hoeksema (1989). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Fungia moluccensis.  Indonesia.  Septa are usually irregular in shape.  Neville Coleman.

Fungia moluccensis.Indonesia.Septa are usually irregular in shape.Neville Coleman.

Fungia moluccensis.  Indonesia.  Side view.  Roger Steene.

Fungia moluccensis.Indonesia.Side view.Roger Steene.

Fungia moluccensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A polyp attached to the substrate in a turbid habitat.  Ed Lovell.

Fungia moluccensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A polyp attached to the substrate in a turbid habitat.Ed Lovell.

Fungia moluccensis.  Papua New Guinea.  Detail of septa.  null.

Fungia moluccensis.Papua New Guinea.Detail of septa.null.

Fungia moluccensis.  Red Sea.  Detail of septa.  Lyndon Devantier.

Fungia moluccensis.Red Sea.Detail of septa.Lyndon Devantier.

Fungia moluccensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing contortions from mud substrate.

Fungia moluccensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing contortions from mud substrate.

Fungia moluccensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing upper surface.

Fungia moluccensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing upper surface.

Fungia moluccensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing upper surface.

Fungia moluccensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing upper surface.

Fungia moluccensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing lower surface.

Fungia moluccensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing lower surface.

Fungia moluccensis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing lower surface.

Fungia moluccensis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing lower surface.