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Eusmilia fastigiata

(Pallas, 1766)

Colonies are usually dome-shaped and phaceloid, with widely spaced tubular corallites. Septa are evenly spaced, in two alternating orders. Primary septa are exsert. Costae are well developed. Tentacles are extended at night and are of two sizes, those corresponding with primary septa having broad bases.

Colour: Yellow-brown to grey.

Habitat: Protected reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon but conspicuous.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Roos (1971), Wells (1973b), 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.
Eusmilia fastigiata.  Caribbean.  This species usually has widely separated tubular corallites with gaps filled by turf algae.  Charlie Veron.

Eusmilia fastigiata.Caribbean.This species usually has widely separated tubular corallites with gaps filled by turf algae.Charlie Veron.

Eusmilia fastigiata.  Caribbean.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Eusmilia fastigiata.Caribbean.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Eusmilia fastigiata.  Caribbean.  Colony with polyps extended.  Paul Humann.

Eusmilia fastigiata.Caribbean.Colony with polyps extended.Paul Humann.

Eusmilia fastigiata.  Caribbean.  A large stand of mostly separated corallites.  Paul Humann.

Eusmilia fastigiata.Caribbean.A large stand of mostly separated corallites.Paul Humann.

Eusmilia fastigiata.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Eusmilia fastigiata.Caribbean.Showing corallites.

Eusmilia fastigiata.  Caribbean.  Showing branching pattern.

Eusmilia fastigiata.Caribbean.Showing branching pattern.

Eusmilia fastigiata.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Eusmilia fastigiata.Caribbean.Showing corallites.

Eusmilia fastigiata.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Eusmilia fastigiata.Caribbean.Showing corallites.