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Cantharellus noumeae

Hoeksema and Best, 1984

Polyps are small (up to 65 mm diameter) except in the Red Sea (up to 200 mm diameter), cup-shaped when fully developed, and have wavy margins. The species may be solitary or colonial, the latter consisting of a few contorted corallites. Primary septa are thin and usually smooth edged.

Colour: Mottled brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Cantharellus doederleini

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: Specimens from Western Australia and the Red Sea are distinct from those of the Pacific. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Hoeksema (1989).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Cantharellus noumeae.  Red Sea.  A broad thin polyp.  Emre Turak.

Cantharellus noumeae.Red Sea.A broad thin polyp.Emre Turak.

Cantharellus noumeae.  Red Sea.  Polyps growing together.  Lyndon Devantier.

Cantharellus noumeae.Red Sea.Polyps growing together.Lyndon Devantier.

Cantharellus noumeae.  Red Sea.  Polyps can have more then one mouth.  Emre Turak.

Cantharellus noumeae.Red Sea.Polyps can have more then one mouth.Emre Turak.

Cantharellus noumeae.  Papua New Guinea.  Small polyps closely adhering to the substrate.  Charlie Veron.

Cantharellus noumeae.Papua New Guinea.Small polyps closely adhering to the substrate.Charlie Veron.

Cantharellus noumeae.  Red Sea.  Showing septa.

Cantharellus noumeae.Red Sea.Showing septa.

Cantharellus noumeae.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Cantharellus noumeae.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.

Cantharellus noumeae.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing lower surface.

Cantharellus noumeae.Papua New Guinea.Showing lower surface.

Cantharellus noumeae.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing septa.

Cantharellus noumeae.Papua New Guinea.Showing septa.

Cantharellus noumeae.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing costae.

Cantharellus noumeae.Papua New Guinea.Showing costae.