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Psammocora superficialis

Gardiner, 1898

Colonies are encrusting or form thick plates with low irregular ridges. Corallites are small, shallow, and irregularly distributed. Primary septo-costae have a petaloid shape.

Colour: Uniform pale to dark grey, tan or brown, sometimes brightly coloured.

Habitat: A wide range of reef environments.

Abundance: Common but inconspicuous.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1976). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Psammocora superficialis.  Papua New Guinea.  Colonies may have any shape especially if overgrowing other corals.  Gerry Allen.

Psammocora superficialis.Papua New Guinea.Colonies may have any shape especially if overgrowing other corals.Gerry Allen.

Psammocora superficialis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Colonies commonly have undulating surfaces.  Charlie Veron.

Psammocora superficialis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Colonies commonly have undulating surfaces.Charlie Veron.

Psammocora superficialis.  Philippines.  An encrusting colony.  Doug Fenner.

Psammocora superficialis.Philippines.An encrusting colony.Doug Fenner.

Psammocora superficialis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Partially extended tentacles give a slightly rough appearance to the surface.  Ed Lovell.

Psammocora superficialis.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Partially extended tentacles give a slightly rough appearance to the surface.Ed Lovell.

Psammocora superficialis.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallite detail with tentacles retracted so that petaloid septa are just visible.  Neville Coleman.

Psammocora superficialis.Papua New Guinea.Corallite detail with tentacles retracted so that petaloid septa are just visible.Neville Coleman.

Psammocora superficialis. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Psammocora superficialis.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Psammocora superficialis.  Coastal south-eastern Australia.  Showing corallites.

Psammocora superficialis.Coastal south-eastern Australia.Showing corallites.

Psammocora superficialis.  Coastal south-eastern Australia.  Showing corallites.

Psammocora superficialis.Coastal south-eastern Australia.Showing corallites.

Psammocora superficialis.  Mainland Japan.  Showing corallites.

Psammocora superficialis.Mainland Japan.Showing corallites.