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Symphyllia recta

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are hemispherical to flat. Valleys are 12-15 millimetres wide, and are highly sinuous. Polyp walls have a moderately thick fleshy appearance and usually have a groove along the top.

Colour: Brown, grey or green, either mottled or with walls and valleys of contrasting colours.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes and fringing reefs.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guide: Veron (1986).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Symphyllia recta.  Papua New Guinea.  A large hemispherical colony.  Charlie Veron.

Symphyllia recta. Papua New Guinea. A large hemispherical colony. Charlie Veron.

Symphyllia recta.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  Surface of a large flat colony.  Charlie Veron.

Symphyllia recta. Ashmore Reef, western Australia. Surface of a large flat colony. Charlie Veron.

Symphyllia recta.  Papua New Guinea.  Variation in valley colour and structure.  Neville Coleman.

Symphyllia recta. Papua New Guinea. Variation in valley colour and structure. Neville Coleman.

Symphyllia recta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Variation in valley colour and structure.  Neville Coleman.

Symphyllia recta. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Variation in valley colour and structure. Neville Coleman.

Symphyllia recta.  null.  Variation in valley colour and structure.  Neville Coleman.

Symphyllia recta. null. Variation in valley colour and structure. Neville Coleman.

Symphyllia recta.  Philippines.  Surface texture of valleys.  Charlie Veron.

Symphyllia recta. Philippines. Surface texture of valleys. Charlie Veron.

Symphyllia recta. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Symphyllia recta. Skeletal detail. Geoff Kelly.

Symphyllia recta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Symphyllia recta. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing characteristic corallite structure.

Symphyllia recta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Symphyllia recta. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing whole colony.

Symphyllia recta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing whole colony.

Symphyllia recta. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing whole colony.