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Turbinaria patula

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are usually irregularly folded, unifacial, upright fronds with long tubular corallites strongly inclined towards the colony margins. Corallites have elliptical openings, and average 5 millimetres diameter.

Colour: Pale brown, green or grey.

Habitat: Inshore reefs and shallow rocky foreshores of subtropical locations.

Abundance: Uncommon except in subtropical localities.

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 patula.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  A large colony where the characters of the species are well developed.  Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria patula.Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.A large colony where the characters of the species are well developed.Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria patula.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Colony with polyps extended..  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Turbinaria patula.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Colony with polyps extended..Mary Stafford-Smith.

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

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

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

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

Turbinaria patula.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony overgrowing T. mesenterina.

Turbinaria patula.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony overgrowing T. mesenterina.

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

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

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

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