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Turbinaria bifrons

Br├╝ggemann, 1877

Colonies are initially flat laminae which develop elongate, upright, bifacial fronds. Corallites are conical, regularly spaced, and have a uniform appearance.

Colour: Usually grey, green or brown, with paler calices.

Habitat: Shallow reefs and rocky foreshores of subtropical locations.

Abundance: Uncommon.

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.
Turbinaria bifrons.  Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.  Forming a solid plate with radiating upright fronds at the margin.  Neville Coleman.

Turbinaria bifrons.Dampier Archipelago, western Australia.Forming a solid plate with radiating upright fronds at the margin.Neville Coleman.

Turbinaria bifrons.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  The common appearance of a well developed colony.  Len Zell.

Turbinaria bifrons.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.The common appearance of a well developed colony.Len Zell.

Turbinaria bifrons.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Detail of fronds.  Ed Lovell.

Turbinaria bifrons.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Detail of fronds.Ed Lovell.

Turbinaria bifrons.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Turbinaria bifrons.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Turbinaria bifrons.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate edges.

Turbinaria bifrons.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate edges.

Turbinaria bifrons.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Turbinaria bifrons.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Turbinaria bifrons.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Turbinaria bifrons.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Turbinaria bifrons.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing bifacial fronds.

Turbinaria bifrons.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing bifacial fronds.

Turbinaria bifrons.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate formation.

Turbinaria bifrons.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate formation.

Turbinaria bifrons.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate and ridges.

Turbinaria bifrons.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing plate and ridges.