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Alveopora excelsa

Verrill, 1863

Colonies are submassive and usually lobed. They may be over 2 metres across. Corallites have irregular spiny walls. Polyps are often retracted during the day, but are elongate when extended giving colonies a mop-like appearance.

Colour: Grey or pinkish brown when polyps are retracted, brown when polyps are extended.

Habitat: Exposed reef slopes.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Alveopora verrilliana

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Hodgson (1989). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Alveopora excelsa.  Vietnam.  Ther characteristically lobed appearance of colonies with polyps retracted.  Charlie Veron.

Alveopora excelsa.Vietnam.Ther characteristically lobed appearance of colonies with polyps retracted.Charlie Veron.

Alveopora excelsa.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  A colony with partly retracted polyps.  Charlie Veron.

Alveopora excelsa.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.A colony with partly retracted polyps.Charlie Veron.

Alveopora excelsa.  Philippines.  Showing colony surface.

Alveopora excelsa.Philippines.Showing colony surface.

Alveopora excelsa.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing colony surface.

Alveopora excelsa.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing colony surface.

Alveopora excelsa.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Alveopora excelsa.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.