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Moseleya latistellata

Quelch, 1884

Colonies are flat, submassive, usually disc-like, and sometimes free-living. Corallites are cerioid with a large central corallite (up to 35 mm diameter) surrounded concentrically with angular daughter corallites. Septa have fine teeth and usually exsert paliform lobes. Tentacles are extended only on dark nights.

Colour: Pale to deep green or brown.

Habitat: Restricted to turbid water with muddy substrates. Also occurs in muddy areas exposed at low tide.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Acanthastrea bowerbanki , Goniastrea palauensis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Moseleya latistellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  The usual appearance of a small colony.  Valerie Taylor.

Moseleya latistellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.The usual appearance of a small colony.Valerie Taylor.

Moseleya latistellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Ed Lovell.

Moseleya latistellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Ed Lovell.

Moseleya latistellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  The central corallite.  Charlie Veron.

Moseleya latistellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.The central corallite.Charlie Veron.

Moseleya latistellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing juvenile colony.

Moseleya latistellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing juvenile colony.

Moseleya latistellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Moseleya latistellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallite detail.

Moseleya latistellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing peripheral corallites.

Moseleya latistellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing peripheral corallites.

Moseleya latistellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing central corallite.

Moseleya latistellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing central corallite.

Moseleya latistellata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Moseleya latistellata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing whole colony.