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Scapophyllia cylindrica

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848

Colonies have thick laminar bases and blunt-ended columns which occasionally branch. Valleys are meandroid and sinuous. Septa are thick and fuse irregularly with each other and with the columellae. Columellae are composed of a few thick septal teeth. Tentacles are usually extended only at night and are long, tapering, and of uniform length.

Colour: Usually cream or yellow-brown.

Habitat: Usually found in partly turbid water such as around fringing reefs and in lagoons.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Dendrogyra cylindrus , Leptoria irregularis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Chevalier (1975), Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Scapophyllia cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Most colonies consist of an encrusting basal plate and upright columns.  Ed Lovell.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Most colonies consist of an encrusting basal plate and upright columns.Ed Lovell.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Columns.  Ed Lovell.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Columns.Ed Lovell.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A basal plate.  Ed Lovell.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.A basal plate.Ed Lovell.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.  null.  A juvenile colony, showing detail of septo-costae.  Clay Bryce.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.null.A juvenile colony, showing detail of septo-costae.Clay Bryce.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valleys.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valleys.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valleys.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valley detail.

Scapophyllia cylindrica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valley detail.