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Lobophyllia diminuta

Veron, 1985

Colonies are small, flat or dome-shaped. Corallites are phaceloid and usually monocentric, but may have up to three centres. Corallites average 16 millimetres diameter. Septal teeth are few in number but are long and conspicuous. Columellae are circular or oval and are well developed.

Colour: Mottled orange, green or white, usually with pale mouths.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Lobophyllia dentatus

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.
Lobophyllia diminuta.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  A few corallites of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia diminuta.Ashmore Reef, western Australia.A few corallites of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia diminuta.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail. The large teeth on the few primary septa are clearly visible..  Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia diminuta.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail. The large teeth on the few primary septa are clearly visible..Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia diminuta.  Ashmore Reef, western Australia.  Showing corallites.

Lobophyllia diminuta.Ashmore Reef, western Australia.Showing corallites.

Lobophyllia diminuta.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing colony shape.

Lobophyllia diminuta.Papua New Guinea.Showing colony shape.

Lobophyllia diminuta.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Lobophyllia diminuta.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.