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Lobophyllia hataii

Yabe and Sugiyama, 1936

Colonies are flabello-meandroid at the periphery, and submeandroid at the centre. Valleys are shallow, with flat floors. Columellae are usually in two rows except at valley ends, or are distributed evenly on flat areas.

Colour: Usually brown or green. Valley floors and walls are usually of contrasting colours.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes protected from wave action.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Lobophyllia flabelliformis , Symphyllia valenciennesii

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Chevalier (1975), Veron and Pichon (1980). 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.
Lobophyllia hataii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  The central corallite and the characteristically radiating valleys.  Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia hataii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.The central corallite and the characteristically radiating valleys.Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia hataii.  Fiji.  Detail of a central corallite.  Valerie Taylor.

Lobophyllia hataii.Fiji.Detail of a central corallite.Valerie Taylor.

Lobophyllia hataii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Lobophyllia hataii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Lobophyllia hataii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Lobophyllia hataii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valleys.

Lobophyllia hataii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Lobophyllia hataii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.

Lobophyllia hataii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Lobophyllia hataii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Lobophyllia hataii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing a small colony.

Lobophyllia hataii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing a small colony.

Lobophyllia hataii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Lobophyllia hataii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing characteristic branching pattern.