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Fungia scruposa

Klunzinger, 1879

Polyps are circular or oval, up to 240 millimetres diameter, not strongly arched, thick and heavy. Septa are densely packed and often wavy. Tentacular lobes may be present. Costae are very unequal, with simple spines. The undersurface has extensive perforations between costae.

Colour: Usually brown or blue (photographing pink).

Habitat: Reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: 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 scruposa.  Tanzania.  Small thick polyp disc with tentacles extended.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia scruposa.Tanzania.Small thick polyp disc with tentacles extended.Charlie Veron.

Fungia scruposa.  Vanuatu.  Septa may be wavy and relatively exsert around the mouth. Peripheral mouths as seen here are unusual.  Charlie Veron.

Fungia scruposa.Vanuatu.Septa may be wavy and relatively exsert around the mouth. Peripheral mouths as seen here are unusual.Charlie Veron.

Fungia scruposa.  Fiji.  Detail of septa.  Neville Coleman.

Fungia scruposa.Fiji.Detail of septa.Neville Coleman.

Fungia scruposa.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing septa.

Fungia scruposa.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing septa.

Fungia scruposa.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing septa.

Fungia scruposa.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing septa.

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

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

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

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