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Podabacia crustacea

(Pallas, 1766)

Colonies are attached, encrusting or laminar, unifacial, and may form tiers. A central corallite is sometimes distinguishable; peripheral corallites are exsert and inclined towards the plate margins.

Colour: Tan or dark brown. Septo-costae are cream, often with pale margins.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Pichon (1980), Hoeksema (1989). 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.
Podabacia crustacea.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Forming an exceptionally large stand of tiered plates.  Charlie Veron.

Podabacia crustacea.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Forming an exceptionally large stand of tiered plates.Charlie Veron.

Podabacia crustacea.  Philippines.  This species sometimes forms flat plates with septo-costae radiating from a single central corallite.  Charlie Veron.

Podabacia crustacea.Philippines.This species sometimes forms flat plates with septo-costae radiating from a single central corallite.Charlie Veron.

Podabacia crustacea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Forming a contorted plate.  Len Zell.

Podabacia crustacea.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Forming a contorted plate.Len Zell.

Podabacia crustacea.  Philippines.  A small colony.  Charlie Veron.

Podabacia crustacea.Philippines.A small colony.Charlie Veron.

Podabacia crustacea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Ed Lovell.

Podabacia crustacea.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Ed Lovell.

Podabacia crustacea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate surface.

Podabacia crustacea.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate surface.

Podabacia crustacea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Podabacia crustacea.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Podabacia crustacea.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate surface.

Podabacia crustacea.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate surface.