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Coscinaraea monile

(Forskål, 1775)

Colonies are usually encrusting or dome-shaped. Calices are monocentric, up to 7 millimetres diameter, or form short valleys. Septa are even and finely serrated, giving colonies a smooth surface.

Colour: Usually uniformly grey, sometimes tan, brown, or mottled colours.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Common in the western Indian Ocean, uncommon in the central Indo-Pacific.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983). Additional identification guides: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995), Coles (1996).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Coscinaraea monile.  Tanzania.  Seldom forms colonies larger then this.  Charlie Veron.

Coscinaraea monile.Tanzania.Seldom forms colonies larger then this.Charlie Veron.

Coscinaraea monile.  Red Sea.  Usual surface appearance.  Charlie Veron.

Coscinaraea monile.Red Sea.Usual surface appearance.Charlie Veron.

Coscinaraea monile.  Red Sea.  Surface of a colony exposed to strong wave action.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Coscinaraea monile.Red Sea.Surface of a colony exposed to strong wave action.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Coscinaraea monile.  Red Sea.  Usual surface appearance.  Charlie Veron.

Coscinaraea monile.Red Sea.Usual surface appearance.Charlie Veron.

Coscinaraea monile.  Red Sea.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Coscinaraea monile.Red Sea.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Coscinaraea monile. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Coscinaraea monile.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Coscinaraea monile.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Coscinaraea monile.Southern Red Sea.Showing colony surface.

Coscinaraea monile.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing skeletal detail.

Coscinaraea monile.Southern Red Sea.Showing skeletal detail.

Coscinaraea monile.  Southern Red Sea.  Showing skeletal detail.

Coscinaraea monile.Southern Red Sea.Showing skeletal detail.