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Echinopora pacificus

Veron, 1990

Colonies are usually unifacial plates with laminar margins and encrusting centres. Corallites are up to 10 millimetres diameter. Septo-costae are in two orders, the second seldom forming well developed septa. Septal teeth are exsert. Costae are beaded. Paliform lobes are not exsert. The coenosteum has tall spinules giving colonies a velvet-like appearance.

Colour: Green, yellowish or grey-brown.

Habitat: Most shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Echinopora lamellosa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (1990a). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Echinopora pacificus.  Papua New Guinea.  A large colony of unifacial plates.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora pacificus.Papua New Guinea.A large colony of unifacial plates.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora pacificus.  Philippines.  A plate-like edge of an encrusting colony. This is the most common colour of the species.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora pacificus.Philippines.A plate-like edge of an encrusting colony. This is the most common colour of the species.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora pacificus.  Philippines.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora pacificus.Philippines.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora pacificus.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora pacificus.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora pacificus.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora pacificus.Philippines.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora pacificus.  Vanuatu.  Showing colony surface.

Echinopora pacificus.Vanuatu.Showing colony surface.

Echinopora pacificus.  Vanuatu.  Showing corallites.

Echinopora pacificus.Vanuatu.Showing corallites.

Echinopora pacificus.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing plate formation.

Echinopora pacificus.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing plate formation.

Echinopora pacificus.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Echinopora pacificus.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing corallites.