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Diploria strigosa

(Dana, 1848)

Colonies are massive (especially in shallow water) or encrusting. The surface is even, with sinuous valleys 6-9 millimetres wide. Columellae are well developed although interlinked. Ambulacral grooves, if present, are fine.

Colour: Purple-brown, grey or greenish with green or grey valley floors.

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

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Platygyra daedalea

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Roos (1971), Cairns (1982), Zlatarski and Estalella (1982). Additional identification guides: Colin (1978), Wood (1983), Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Diploria strigosa.  Caribbean.  Large boulder-like colonies with even surfaces in shallow water.  Charlie Veron.

Diploria strigosa.Caribbean.Large boulder-like colonies with even surfaces in shallow water.Charlie Veron.

Diploria strigosa.  Caribbean.  An encrusting plate.  Charlie Veron.

Diploria strigosa.Caribbean.An encrusting plate.Charlie Veron.

Diploria strigosa.  Caribbean.  Showing the straight valleys of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Diploria strigosa.Caribbean.Showing the straight valleys of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Diploria strigosa.  Caribbean.  Showing lines of retracted tentacles halfway down valley walls. Colouration above and below this line are usually different.  Charlie Veron.

Diploria strigosa.Caribbean.Showing lines of retracted tentacles halfway down valley walls. Colouration above and below this line are usually different.Charlie Veron.

Diploria strigosa.  Caribbean.  Showing whole colony.

Diploria strigosa.Caribbean.Showing whole colony.

Diploria strigosa.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Diploria strigosa.Caribbean.Showing valleys.

Diploria strigosa.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Diploria strigosa.Caribbean.Showing valleys.

Diploria strigosa.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Diploria strigosa.Caribbean.Showing valleys.