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Herpolitha weberi

Horst, 1921

Colonies are flat, narrow and elongate, usually with pointed ends. Mouths occur only within the axial furrow, which runs to the tips of the colony. Usually all septo-costae extend from the axial furrow to the perimeter. Tentacles may be extended day and night.

Colour: Pale brown or mottled.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Herpolitha weberi.  Micronesia.  Showing the absence of mouths outside the axial furrow.  Pat Colin.

Herpolitha weberi. Micronesia. Showing the absence of mouths outside the axial furrow. Pat Colin.

Herpolitha weberi.  Papua New Guinea.  Detail of the end of an axial furrow.  Charlie Veron.

Herpolitha weberi. Papua New Guinea. Detail of the end of an axial furrow. Charlie Veron.

Herpolitha weberi.  Papua New Guinea.  Large colonies commonly have a smaller, additional, tranverse axial furrow.  Jim Maragos.

Herpolitha weberi. Papua New Guinea. Large colonies commonly have a smaller, additional, tranverse axial furrow. Jim Maragos.

Herpolitha weberi.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing upper surface.

Herpolitha weberi. Southern Red Sea. Showing upper surface.

Herpolitha weberi.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing lower surface.

Herpolitha weberi. Southern Red Sea. Showing lower surface.

Herpolitha weberi.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing upper surface.

Herpolitha weberi. Southern Red Sea. Showing upper surface.

Herpolitha weberi.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing axial furrow.

Herpolitha weberi. Southern Red Sea. Showing axial furrow.

Herpolitha weberi.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing septa.

Herpolitha weberi. Southern Red Sea. Showing septa.

Herpolitha weberi.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing central mouth.

Herpolitha weberi. Southern Red Sea. Showing central mouth.