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Cyphastrea agassizi

(Vaughan, 1907)

Colonies are massive. The surface is often deeply grooved. Corallites are widely spaced. Septa are in three unequal orders with the first order being exsert. The coenosteum between the corallites is usually smooth. Irregular ?groove and tubercle? formations may be present.

Colour: The coenosteum is whitish, corallites are pale brown or green. Septa are sometimes orange.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Leptastrea inaequalis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Vaughan?s original description/specimens. Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Cyphastrea agassizi.  Philippines.  Variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea agassizi.Philippines.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea agassizi.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea agassizi.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea agassizi.  Tahiti.  Variation in corallite shape and colour.  Gustav Paulay.

Cyphastrea agassizi.Tahiti.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Gustav Paulay.

Cyphastrea agassizi.  Guam.  Variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea agassizi.Guam.Variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Cyphastrea agassizi.  Philippines.  Showing colony surface.

Cyphastrea agassizi.Philippines.Showing colony surface.

Cyphastrea agassizi.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea agassizi.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea agassizi.  Hawaii.  Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea agassizi.Hawaii.Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea agassizi.  Hawaii.  Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea agassizi.Hawaii.Showing corallites.