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Turbinaria radicalis

Bernard, 1896

Colonies are encrusting laminae which have rootlets growing down into the substrate. The surface is smooth. Corallites may be aligned in irregular rows and are low cones or immersed.

Colour: Pale to dark brown or green with pale corallites.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores of subtropical locations.

Abundance: Rare except in some subtropical localities.

Similar species: Turbinaria stellulata

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 radicalis.  Norfolk Island, Coral Sea.  Colonies form smooth plates, the shape of which is determined by the substrate.  Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria radicalis. Norfolk Island, Coral Sea. Colonies form smooth plates, the shape of which is determined by the substrate. Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria radicalis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Turbinaria radicalis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing colony surface.

Turbinaria radicalis.  Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia.  Showing corallites.

Turbinaria radicalis. Lord Howe Island, south-eastern Australia. Showing corallites.

Turbinaria radicalis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing plate overlying T. Mesenterina.

Turbinaria radicalis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing plate overlying T. Mesenterina.

Turbinaria radicalis.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing rootlets.

Turbinaria radicalis. Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Showing rootlets.

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

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