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Symphyllia valenciennesii

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849

Colonies are usually flat. Valleys radiate from a flat central area and have steep sides and flat floors. Walls have a moderately fleshy appearance and usually have a groove along the top. Septa are thick, with large teeth. Polyps may be fleshy.

Colour: Usually grey, brown or mottled, with valley floors and walls of contrasting colours.

Habitat: Lower reef slopes protected from wave action and rocky foreshores of subtropical locations.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Lobophyllia flabelliformis , Lobophyllia hataii

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.
Symphyllia valenciennesii.  Indonesia.  Colonies are flat plates with a broad central area from which walls radiate. Mouths are clearly visible only if they have a distinctive colour.  Charlie Veron.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.Indonesia.Colonies are flat plates with a broad central area from which walls radiate. Mouths are clearly visible only if they have a distinctive colour.Charlie Veron.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.  Indonesia.  Colonies are flat plates with a broad central area from which walls radiate. Mouths are clearly visible only if they have a distinctive colour.  Gerry Allen.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.Indonesia.Colonies are flat plates with a broad central area from which walls radiate. Mouths are clearly visible only if they have a distinctive colour.Gerry Allen.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.  Indonesia.  Colonies are flat plates with a broad central area from which walls radiate. Mouths are clearly visible only if they have a distinctive colour.  Roger Steene.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.Indonesia.Colonies are flat plates with a broad central area from which walls radiate. Mouths are clearly visible only if they have a distinctive colour.Roger Steene.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.  null.  Colonies are flat plates with a broad central area from which walls radiate. Mouths are clearly visible only if they have a distinctive colour.  null.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.null.Colonies are flat plates with a broad central area from which walls radiate. Mouths are clearly visible only if they have a distinctive colour.null.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.  Indonesia.  Small colony showing fluted margins of valleys.  Neville Coleman.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.Indonesia.Small colony showing fluted margins of valleys.Neville Coleman.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valleys.

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

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

Symphyllia valenciennesii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valleys.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing a small colony.

Symphyllia valenciennesii.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing a small colony.