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Oxypora lacera

(Verrill, 1864)

Colonies are thin, encrusting or laminar plates. They may become greatly thickened in turbulent environments. Corallites may be fine and delicate on thin laminae to grossly thickened on submassive parts of the same colony. Costae are always toothed.

Colour: Usually pale brown or greenish, either uniform or with green, white or red oral discs.

Habitat: Shallow protected reef slopes.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Echinophyllia aspera , Oxypora convoluta

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Oxypora lacera.  Philippines.  Tiers of plates.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera. Philippines. Tiers of plates. Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  In a sheltered environment forming whorls of thin laminae.  Len Zell.

Oxypora lacera. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. In a sheltered environment forming whorls of thin laminae. Len Zell.

Oxypora lacera.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Typical variation found between two colonies in the same environment.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera. Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia. Typical variation found between two colonies in the same environment. Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera.  Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia.  Typical variation found between two colonies in the same environment.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera. Houtman Abrolhos Islands, south-western Australia. Typical variation found between two colonies in the same environment. Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Variation in colour and corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Variation in colour and corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera.  Tanzania.  Variation in colour and corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera. Tanzania. Variation in colour and corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Variation in colour and corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Variation in colour and corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera.  Tanzania.  Variation in colour and corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora lacera. Tanzania. Variation in colour and corallite detail. Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oxypora lacera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallite detail.

Oxypora lacera. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing corallite detail.

Oxypora lacera.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Oxypora lacera. Southern Red Sea. Showing corallites.

Oxypora lacera.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing a highly calcified corallite.

Oxypora lacera. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing a highly calcified corallite.