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Stylocoeniella armata

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are encrusting. Corallites are widely spaced and form excavations in the coenosteum. Septa are in two equal or subequal cycles. Each corallite has a prominent coenosteum style.

Colour: Dark or bright red, brown or green.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Rare, cryptic.

Similar species: Madracis kirbyi , Poritipora paliformis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Pichon (1976), Scheer and Pillai (1983). 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.
Stylocoeniella armata.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  A large irregularly lobed colony.  Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella armata.Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.A large irregularly lobed colony.Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella armata.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing prominent coenosteum spinules on encrusting colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella armata.Papua New Guinea.Showing prominent coenosteum spinules on encrusting colonies.Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella armata.  null.  Showing prominent coenosteum spinules on encrusting colonies.  Neville Coleman.

Stylocoeniella armata.null.Showing prominent coenosteum spinules on encrusting colonies.Neville Coleman.

Stylocoeniella armata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella armata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella armata. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Stylocoeniella armata.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Stylocoeniella armata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Stylocoeniella armata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Stylocoeniella armata.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing colony surface.

Stylocoeniella armata.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing colony surface.

Stylocoeniella armata.  Vietnam.  Showing plate formation.

Stylocoeniella armata.Vietnam.Showing plate formation.

Stylocoeniella armata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Stylocoeniella armata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.