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Hydnophora microconos

(Lamarck, 1816)

Colonies are massive and rounded, with small uniform monticules 2-3 millimetres diameter. Polyps are not extended during the day.

Colour: Dull cream, brown or green.

Habitat: All reef environments but primarily in lagoons and protected slopes in the Pacific and wave washed reef flats in the Red Sea.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wijsman-Best (1972), Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Hydnophora microconos.  Papua New Guinea.  A massive colony.  Gerry Allen.

Hydnophora microconos.Papua New Guinea.A massive colony.Gerry Allen.

Hydnophora microconos.  Vietnam.  Forming thick columns.  Charlie Veron.

Hydnophora microconos.Vietnam.Forming thick columns.Charlie Veron.

Hydnophora microconos.  Papua New Guinea.  Colonies sometimes form flat plates.  Jim Maragos.

Hydnophora microconos.Papua New Guinea.Colonies sometimes form flat plates.Jim Maragos.

Hydnophora microconos.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface of a massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Hydnophora microconos.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Surface of a massive colony.Charlie Veron.

Hydnophora microconos.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Hydnophora microconos.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Hydnophora microconos.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing monticules.

Hydnophora microconos.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing monticules.

Hydnophora microconos.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing monticules.

Hydnophora microconos.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing monticules.

Hydnophora microconos.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Hydnophora microconos.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing whole colony.