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Oxypora glabra

Nemenzo, 1959

Colonies are thin, encrusting or convoluted laminar plates, commonly with ragged margins. A small central corallite may be distinguishable. Peripheral corallites are usually widely spaced. Costae have few if any teeth. Septa and columellae are twisted into a short spiral.

Colour: Yellow-brown, usually with pale tops to septa and costae.

Habitat: Shallow protected reef slopes.

Abundance: Common in the central Indo-Pacific, uncommon elsewhere.

Similar species: Mycedium mancaoi , Oxypora crassispinosa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Oxypora glabra.  Philippines.  Forming tiered whorls.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.Philippines.Forming tiered whorls.Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.  Philippines.  Common appearance of a small colony.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.Philippines.Common appearance of a small colony.Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.  Philippines.  A small central corallite is sometimes distinguishable.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.Philippines.A small central corallite is sometimes distinguishable.Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Surface of fronds.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.Surface of fronds.Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.  Philippines.  Surface of fronds.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.Philippines.Surface of fronds.Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.Philippines.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.Philippines.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Oxypora glabra.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Oxypora glabra.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Oxypora glabra.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate surface.

Oxypora glabra.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate surface.

Oxypora glabra.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Oxypora glabra.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Oxypora glabra.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing peripheral corallites.

Oxypora glabra.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing peripheral corallites.

Oxypora glabra.  Red Sea.  Showing corallite detail.

Oxypora glabra.Red Sea.Showing corallite detail.

Oxypora glabra.  Red Sea.  Showing corallite detail.

Oxypora glabra.Red Sea.Showing corallite detail.

Oxypora glabra.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate surface.

Oxypora glabra.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate surface.