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Stylocoeniella guentheri

Bassett-Smith, 1890

Colonies are encrusting, knobby, rarely columnar. Corallites are widely spaced and are flush with the coenosteum. Septa are in two unequal cycles. Coenosteum styles are small but distinctive.

Colour: Dark or pale greenish-brown, or mottled dark green, usually with white polyps.

Habitat: Large colonies (greater than 0.5 metres across) are usually found only in high latitude environments.

Abundance: Uncommon, but more abundant than other Stylocoeniella species.

Similar species:

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), Coles (1996).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Stylocoeniella guentheri.  Scott Reef, western Australia.  Variation in surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.Scott Reef, western Australia.Variation in surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.  Papua New Guinea.  Variation in surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.Papua New Guinea.Variation in surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.Philippines.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.  Mainland Japan.  A columnar colony in a high latitude location, with polyps extended.  Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.Mainland Japan.A columnar colony in a high latitude location, with polyps extended.Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Colonies in high latitude rocky foreshores are sometimes large and columnar.  Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.Colonies in high latitude rocky foreshores are sometimes large and columnar.Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.  Red Sea.  Usual appearance of a large colony on a tropical reef.  Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.Red Sea.Usual appearance of a large colony on a tropical reef.Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.  Red Sea.  Variation in surface detail.  Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.Red Sea.Variation in surface detail.Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.  Indonesia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.Indonesia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony surface.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony surface.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing a submassive colony.

Stylocoeniella guentheri.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing a submassive colony.

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

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