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Dichocoenia stokesi

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848

Colonies are massive, often spherical, or may form thick submassive plates. Corallites are evenly spaced, plocoid or ploco-meandroid. Septo-costae are usually in two neatly alternating orders.

Colour: A distinctive orange-brown with white septo-costae, rarely green.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: Colonies from lower reef slopes or shaded habitats have markedly smaller corallites than those from more exposed environments and are usually identified as Dichocoenia stellaris (see Wells, 1973b). Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Roos (1971), Wells (1973b), Cairns (1982). Additional identification guides: Colin (1978), Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Dichocoenia stokesi.  Caribbean.  An encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Dichocoenia stokesi.Caribbean.An encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Dichocoenia stokesi.  Caribbean.  This species commonly forms small spherical colonies.  Charlie Veron.

Dichocoenia stokesi.Caribbean.This species commonly forms small spherical colonies.Charlie Veron.

Dichocoenia stokesi.  Caribbean.  Usual appearance of flat plates.  Pat Colin.

Dichocoenia stokesi.Caribbean.Usual appearance of flat plates.Pat Colin.

Dichocoenia stokesi.  Caribbean.  Submeandroid corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Dichocoenia stokesi.Caribbean.Submeandroid corallites.Charlie Veron.

Dichocoenia stokesi.  Caribbean.  Colony with tentacles extended at night.  Charlie Veron.

Dichocoenia stokesi.Caribbean.Colony with tentacles extended at night.Charlie Veron.

Dichocoenia stokesi.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Dichocoenia stokesi.Caribbean.Showing corallites.

Dichocoenia stokesi.  Caribbean.  Showing whole colony.

Dichocoenia stokesi.Caribbean.Showing whole colony.

Dichocoenia stokesi.  Caribbean.  Showing whole colony.

Dichocoenia stokesi.Caribbean.Showing whole colony.