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Seriatopora caliendrum

Ehrenberg, 1834

A poorly defined species which shows a lot of geographic variation. Branches do not taper and they may be widely spaced or compact. Corallites are mostly arranged in rows along branches and tend to have Stylophora-like hoods. Tentacles are often extended during the day.

Colour: Cream or brown.

Habitat: Mostly upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Seriatopora guttatus

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Pichon (1976), Dai (1989). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Seriatopora caliendrum.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  S. caliendrum (left) and S. hystrix (right), an example of the degree of difference between these two species usually seen underwater.  Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora caliendrum. Ashmore Reef, western Australia. S. caliendrum (left) and S. hystrix (right), an example of the degree of difference between these two species usually seen underwater. Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora caliendrum.  Coral Sea.  Showing branches which characteristically do not strongly taper.  Ed Lovell.

Seriatopora caliendrum. Coral Sea. Showing branches which characteristically do not strongly taper. Ed Lovell.

Seriatopora caliendrum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  A colony with polyps extended.  Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora caliendrum. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. A colony with polyps extended. Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora caliendrum.  Papua New Guinea.  Detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora caliendrum. Papua New Guinea. Detail of branches. Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora caliendrum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Seriatopora caliendrum. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branches.

Seriatopora caliendrum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Seriatopora caliendrum. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branches.

Seriatopora caliendrum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Seriatopora caliendrum. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing whole colony.

Seriatopora caliendrum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branch tips.

Seriatopora caliendrum. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branch tips.

Seriatopora caliendrum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branching pattern.

Seriatopora caliendrum. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branching pattern.

Seriatopora caliendrum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branches.

Seriatopora caliendrum. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing branches.