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Psammocora explanulata

Horst, 1922

Colonies are thin plates or encrusting with a flat surface. Corallites are large for Psammocora, are regularly distributed and have distinctive exsert primary septo-costae which may be petaloid or meandering.

Colour: Pale or dark brown or green, frequently mottled.

Habitat: Protected reef environments especially in high latitudes.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Coscinaraea wellsi

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Veron and Pichon (1976). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Psammocora explanulata.  Papua New Guinea.  A flat plate.  Jim Maragos.

Psammocora explanulata.Papua New Guinea.A flat plate.Jim Maragos.

Psammocora explanulata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Detail of a colony with long meandering septo-costae.  Charlie Veron.

Psammocora explanulata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Detail of a colony with long meandering septo-costae.Charlie Veron.

Psammocora explanulata. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Psammocora explanulata.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Psammocora explanulata.  Thailand.  Showing plate formation.

Psammocora explanulata.Thailand.Showing plate formation.

Psammocora explanulata.  Thailand.  Showing colony surface.

Psammocora explanulata.Thailand.Showing colony surface.

Psammocora explanulata.  Thailand.  Showing skeletal detail.

Psammocora explanulata.Thailand.Showing skeletal detail.

Psammocora explanulata.  Red Sea.  Showing corallite detail.

Psammocora explanulata.Red Sea.Showing corallite detail.

Psammocora explanulata.  Red Sea.  Showing corallite detail.

Psammocora explanulata.Red Sea.Showing corallite detail.