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Sandalolitha robusta

Quelch, 1886

Colonies are large, free-living, circular to oval, dome-shaped and heavily constructed, without an axial furrow. Corallites are compact. Septa vary little in height. Tentacles are extended only at night.

Colour: Usually pale or dark brown or green, sometimes mottled and sometimes with purple margins and white corallite centres.

Habitat: Most reef habitats.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Sandalolitha dentata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1954), Veron and Pichon (1980), Hoeksema (1989). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Sandalolitha robusta.  Indonesia.  A small colony.  Roger Steene.

Sandalolitha robusta.Indonesia.A small colony.Roger Steene.

Sandalolitha robusta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Neville Coleman.

Sandalolitha robusta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Neville Coleman.

Sandalolitha robusta.  Coral Sea.  Boring organisms cause skeletal characters to become very distorted.  Charlie Veron.

Sandalolitha robusta.Coral Sea.Boring organisms cause skeletal characters to become very distorted.Charlie Veron.

Sandalolitha robusta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Side of a colony.  Neville Coleman.

Sandalolitha robusta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Side of a colony.Neville Coleman.

Sandalolitha robusta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Top of a colony.  Neville Coleman.

Sandalolitha robusta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Top of a colony.Neville Coleman.

Sandalolitha robusta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Sandalolitha robusta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Sandalolitha robusta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing upper surface.

Sandalolitha robusta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing upper surface.

Sandalolitha robusta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Sandalolitha robusta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Sandalolitha robusta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing lower surface.

Sandalolitha robusta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing lower surface.

Sandalolitha robusta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing lower surface.

Sandalolitha robusta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing lower surface.