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Turbinaria mesenterina

(Lamarck, 1816)

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.

Colour: Usually grey-green or grey-brown.

Habitat: May be a dominant species in shallow turbid environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: 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).

Map 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

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. 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. 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.

Turbinaria mesenterina. Papua New Guinea. Extreme development of convolutions found in colonies growing in shallow water. Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria mesenterina.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail with polyps partly extended.  Valerie Taylor.

Turbinaria mesenterina. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Corallite detail with polyps partly extended. Valerie Taylor.

Turbinaria mesenterina.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Large colonies in shallow turbid water.  Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria mesenterina. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Large colonies in shallow turbid water. Charlie Veron.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turbinaria mesenterina.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Turbinaria mesenterina. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony shape.

Turbinaria mesenterina.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Turbinaria mesenterina. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony shape.

Turbinaria mesenterina.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Turbinaria mesenterina. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony shape.

Turbinaria mesenterina.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Turbinaria mesenterina. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony shape.

Turbinaria mesenterina.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony shape.

Turbinaria mesenterina. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony shape.