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Oulastrea crispata

(Lamarck, 1816)

Colonies are encrusting and grow to only a few centimetres across. Corallites are like a small Montastrea, are uniform size and are closely compacted. Long and short septa alternate. Paliform lobes are well developed. Tentacles are sometimes extended during the day.

Colour: Black and white upper margins to the septa. Dried skeletons are also black and white.

Habitat: Found only in subtidal turbid water, attached to wave washed rock.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977).Additional identification guides: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Oulastrea crispata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Oulastrea crispata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Oulastrea crispata.  Mainland Japan.  With tentacles extended.  Takeshi Okamoto.

Oulastrea crispata.Mainland Japan.With tentacles extended.Takeshi Okamoto.

Oulastrea crispata.  Indonesia.  The characteristic appearance of a small encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Oulastrea crispata.Indonesia.The characteristic appearance of a small encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Oulastrea crispata.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Oulastrea crispata.Indonesia.Showing corallites.

Oulastrea crispata.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Oulastrea crispata.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.

Oulastrea crispata.  Indonesia.  Showing corallite detail.

Oulastrea crispata.Indonesia.Showing corallite detail.

Oulastrea crispata.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Oulastrea crispata.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.