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Turbinaria peltata

(Esper, 1794)

Colonies are flat laminae often forming overlapping tiers. They are sometimes columnar. They may be several metres across. Corallites are immersed to tubular and average 6 millimetres diameter. Polyps are large and tentacles are usually extended during the day.

Colour: Usually grey or brown.

Habitat: Protected environments, especially shallow rocky foreshores with turbid water. Also occurs on shallow reef slopes.

Abundance: Common and may be a dominant species.

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), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Turbinaria peltata.  Papua New Guinea.  A large colony composed of thick unifacial plates.  Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria peltata. Papua New Guinea. A large colony composed of thick unifacial plates. Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria peltata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Colony composed of fused columns.  Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria peltata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Colony composed of fused columns. Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria peltata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Polyps are often extended during the day and give the colony surface a furry appearance.  Ed Lovell.

Turbinaria peltata. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Polyps are often extended during the day and give the colony surface a furry appearance. Ed Lovell.

Turbinaria peltata.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Polyps at different stages of extension.  Neville Coleman.

Turbinaria peltata. Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia. Polyps at different stages of extension. Neville Coleman.

Turbinaria peltata.  Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia.  Polyps at different stages of extension.  Neville Coleman.

Turbinaria peltata. Solitary Islands, south-eastern Australia. Polyps at different stages of extension. Neville Coleman.

Turbinaria peltata.  Papua New Guinea.  Polyps at different stages of extension.  Neville Coleman.

Turbinaria peltata. Papua New Guinea. Polyps at different stages of extension. Neville Coleman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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