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Psammocora contigua

(Esper, 1797)

Colonies are mixtures of flattened branches, columns and/or irregular nodules. Sometimes they occur as free-living mobile balls. Corallite structures are fine and corallites are shallow, giving colonies a smooth surface.

Colour: Pale to dark grey-brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments and soft substrate.

Abundance: Common over a wide range of environments.

Similar species: Galaxea horrescens

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1976). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Psammocora contigua.  null.  Showing the smooth surface of a colony with plate-like branches.  Gerry Allen.

Psammocora contigua.null.Showing the smooth surface of a colony with plate-like branches.Gerry Allen.

Psammocora contigua.  null.  Variation in surface detail of branches.  Gerry Allen.

Psammocora contigua.null.Variation in surface detail of branches.Gerry Allen.

Psammocora contigua.  null.  Colonies are commonly irregularly fused plates and branches.  Gerry Allen.

Psammocora contigua.null.Colonies are commonly irregularly fused plates and branches.Gerry Allen.

Psammocora contigua.  null.  Variation in surface detail of branches.  Gerry Allen.

Psammocora contigua.null.Variation in surface detail of branches.Gerry Allen.

Psammocora contigua.  null.  Large colonies have different branch shapes, determined by water movements.  Gerry Allen.

Psammocora contigua.null.Large colonies have different branch shapes, determined by water movements.Gerry Allen.

Psammocora contigua. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Psammocora contigua.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Psammocora contigua.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Psammocora contigua.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony surface.

Psammocora contigua.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Psammocora contigua.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing whole colony.