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Agaricia lamarcki

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1851

Colonies form flat, unifacial, explanate or encrusting plates, commonly arranged in whorls. Corallites are in concentric valleys. Centres are widely spaced (3-5 per cm). Long and short septo-costae clearly alternate.

Colour: Rust brown, usually with pale margins. Mouths are white and star-shaped, a useful identification aid.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Agaricia grahamae

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1973b), Fenner (1999). Additional identification guide: Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Agaricia lamarcki.  Caribbean.  Colony forming an explanulate plate.  Charlie Veron.

Agaricia lamarcki.Caribbean.Colony forming an explanulate plate.Charlie Veron.

Agaricia lamarcki.  Caribbean.  Detail of a plate. Note the star-like white concentric mouths and alternating septo-costae.  Charlie Veron.

Agaricia lamarcki.Caribbean.Detail of a plate. Note the star-like white concentric mouths and alternating septo-costae.Charlie Veron.

Agaricia lamarcki.  Caribbean.  Showing frond surface.

Agaricia lamarcki.Caribbean.Showing frond surface.

Agaricia lamarcki.  Caribbean.  Showing whole colony.

Agaricia lamarcki.Caribbean.Showing whole colony.

Agaricia lamarcki.  Caribbean.  Showing frond surface.

Agaricia lamarcki.Caribbean.Showing frond surface.

Agaricia lamarcki.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Agaricia lamarcki.Caribbean.Showing corallites.

Agaricia lamarcki.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Agaricia lamarcki.Caribbean.Showing corallites.