Colonies are composed of unifacial laminae which are highly contorted and fused when growing in subtidal habitats, are upright or tiered when on upper reef slopes and are horizontal in deeper water. This variation is determined by light availability. Colonies are usually less than one metre across but may be much larger on fringing reefs. Corallites are crowded, slightly exsert and average 2.5 millimetres diameter.
Usually grey-green or grey-brown.
May be a dominant species in shallow turbid environments.
Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Turbinaria mesenterina.Mainland Japan.Forming a large flat plate near the northern limit oh the species' distribution.Charlie Veron.
Turbinaria mesenterina.Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.This species commonly forms cup-shaped colonies.Charlie Veron.
Turbinaria mesenterina.Indonesia.Large colonies in shallow turbid water.Charlie Veron.
Turbinaria mesenterina.Papua New Guinea.Extreme development of convolutions found in colonies growing in shallow water.Charlie Veron.