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Diploria clivosa

(Ellis and Solander, 1786)

Colonies are massive (especially in shallow water) or encrusting. The surface is usually irregular, with sinuous valleys 4-8 millimetres wide. Columellae are well developed although interlinked. Ambulacral grooves, if present, are fine.

Colour: Greys and browns, usually with walls and valleys of contrasting colours.

Habitat: Most reef environments, especially shallow slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Roos (1971), Cairns (1982), Zlatarski and Estalella (1982). Additional identification guides: Colin (1978), Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Diploria clivosa.  Caribbean.  A massive colony with a typically irregular surface.  Charlie Veron.

Diploria clivosa.Caribbean.A massive colony with a typically irregular surface.Charlie Veron.

Diploria clivosa.  Caribbean.  Surface of a large colony.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Diploria clivosa.Caribbean.Surface of a large colony.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Diploria clivosa.  Caribbean.  Irregular valleys of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Diploria clivosa.Caribbean.Irregular valleys of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Diploria clivosa.  Caribbean.  null.  Charlie Veron.

Diploria clivosa.Caribbean.null.Charlie Veron.

Diploria clivosa.  Caribbean.  Showing colony surface.

Diploria clivosa.Caribbean.Showing colony surface.

Diploria clivosa.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Diploria clivosa.Caribbean.Showing valleys.

Diploria clivosa.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Diploria clivosa.Caribbean.Showing valleys.