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Lithophyllon lobata

Horst, 1921

Usually only one large central corallite is formed and this is distinctive. Peripheral corallites are usually much smaller. Sometimes there is a small cluster of central corallites. Septo-costae radiate from the central corallite, are thin, wavy and exsert and may have tentacular lobes.

Colour: Brown, may be mottled.

Habitat: Reef environments and rocky foreshores.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Lithophyllon undulatum

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Veron and Hodgson (1989), Veron (1992). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Lithophyllon lobata.  Philippines.  Saucer sized colony with a conspicuous central corallite.  Charlie Veron.

Lithophyllon lobata.Philippines.Saucer sized colony with a conspicuous central corallite.Charlie Veron.

Lithophyllon lobata.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  This species has a large central corallite and few if any peripheral corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Lithophyllon lobata.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.This species has a large central corallite and few if any peripheral corallites.Charlie Veron.

Lithophyllon lobata.  Philippines.  A cluster of central corallites like this are sometimes formed.  Charlie Veron.

Lithophyllon lobata.Philippines.A cluster of central corallites like this are sometimes formed.Charlie Veron.

Lithophyllon lobata.  Philippines.  Detail of small peripheral corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Lithophyllon lobata.Philippines.Detail of small peripheral corallites.Charlie Veron.

Lithophyllon lobata.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing septa.

Lithophyllon lobata.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing septa.

Lithophyllon lobata.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing whole colony.

Lithophyllon lobata.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing whole colony.

Lithophyllon lobata.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing skeletal detail.

Lithophyllon lobata.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing skeletal detail.