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Stylaraea punctata

(Linneaus, 1758)

Colonies are circular, encrusting, less than 15 millimetres across with uniformly spaced corallites. Septa are in two cycles of 6 each. The columella is an irregular pinnule.

Colour: Pale brown with white septa and columellae.

Habitat: Subtidal environments usually uninhabited by other corals.

Abundance: Usually rare.

Similar species: Poritipora paliformis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Crossland (1952), Veron and Pichon (1982).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Stylaraea punctata.  Guam.  Colonies are massive but always inconspicuous and small.  Gustav Paulay.

Stylaraea punctata.Guam.Colonies are massive but always inconspicuous and small.Gustav Paulay.

Stylaraea punctata.  Guam.  Detail of corallites.  Gustav Paulay.

Stylaraea punctata.Guam.Detail of corallites.Gustav Paulay.

Stylaraea punctata. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Stylaraea punctata.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Stylaraea punctata. Diagram showing corallite characters.   .

Stylaraea punctata.Diagram showing corallite characters. .

Stylaraea punctata.  Guam.  Showing corallites.

Stylaraea punctata.Guam.Showing corallites.

Stylaraea punctata.  Guam.  Showing skeletal detail.

Stylaraea punctata.Guam.Showing skeletal detail.