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Zoopilus echinatus

Dana, 1846

Colonies are free-living, delicate, thin walled domes, commonly over 0.6 metres across. Septo-costae radiate from a central corallite or are perpendicular to the colony margin. There is usually a well defined line of demarcation where groups of septa meet. Septal teeth are tall.

Colour: Dark brown.

Habitat: Deep protected environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon, but distinctive.

Similar species: Halomitra clavator

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1966a), Veron and Pichon (1980), Hoeksema (1989). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Zoopilus echinatus.  Philippines.  An irregularly shaped colony.  Charlie Veron.

Zoopilus echinatus.Philippines.An irregularly shaped colony.Charlie Veron.

Zoopilus echinatus.  Papua New Guinea.  A delicate dome-shaped colony.  Gerry Allen.

Zoopilus echinatus.Papua New Guinea.A delicate dome-shaped colony.Gerry Allen.

Zoopilus echinatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Only small flat colonies are found in some localities.  Charlie Veron.

Zoopilus echinatus.Papua New Guinea.Only small flat colonies are found in some localities.Charlie Veron.

Zoopilus echinatus.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Detail of septa.  Charlie Veron.

Zoopilus echinatus.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Detail of septa.Charlie Veron.

Zoopilus echinatus.  Philippines.  Central corallite.  Charlie Veron.

Zoopilus echinatus.Philippines.Central corallite.Charlie Veron.

Zoopilus echinatus.  Indonesia.  Colonies with the most common shape.  Charlie Veron.

Zoopilus echinatus.Indonesia.Colonies with the most common shape.Charlie Veron.

Zoopilus echinatus.  Philippines.  Showing septa.

Zoopilus echinatus.Philippines.Showing septa.

Zoopilus echinatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing upper surface.

Zoopilus echinatus.Papua New Guinea.Showing upper surface.

Zoopilus echinatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing lower surface.

Zoopilus echinatus.Papua New Guinea.Showing lower surface.

Zoopilus echinatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing upper surface.

Zoopilus echinatus.Papua New Guinea.Showing upper surface.

Zoopilus echinatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing costae.

Zoopilus echinatus.Papua New Guinea.Showing costae.

Zoopilus echinatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing septa.

Zoopilus echinatus.Papua New Guinea.Showing septa.

Zoopilus echinatus.  Vanuatu.  Showing upper surface.

Zoopilus echinatus.Vanuatu.Showing upper surface.