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Meandrina braziliensis

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1858)

Colonies are mostly free living. They have short flabello-meandroid valleys with wavy margins. Colonies may consist of one valley or a few valleys radiating from the original point of growth. Septo-costae tend to be in two neatly alternating orders.

Colour: Tan or yellowish-brown.

Habitat: Clear protected water with horizontal or rubble substrates.

Abundance: Sometimes locally common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: The validity of Meandrina braziliensis as distinct from M. meandrites may be artificial. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Laborel (1969). Additional identification guide: Hetzel and Castro (1994).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Meandrina braziliensis.  Brazil.  Showing two colonies, the larger being near the upper size limit of the species. There is little variation in shape or colour.  Charlie Veron.

Meandrina braziliensis.Brazil.Showing two colonies, the larger being near the upper size limit of the species. There is little variation in shape or colour.Charlie Veron.

Meandrina braziliensis.  Brazil.  This species is often free living on soft substrates. The under-surface is usually flat except for the central point of initial growth.  Charlie Veron.

Meandrina braziliensis.Brazil.This species is often free living on soft substrates. The under-surface is usually flat except for the central point of initial growth.Charlie Veron.

Meandrina braziliensis.  Brazil.  Showing valleys.

Meandrina braziliensis.Brazil.Showing valleys.

Meandrina braziliensis.  Brazil.  Showing colony surface.

Meandrina braziliensis.Brazil.Showing colony surface.

Meandrina braziliensis.  Brazil.  Showing valleys.

Meandrina braziliensis.Brazil.Showing valleys.

Meandrina braziliensis.  Brazil.  Showing valleys.

Meandrina braziliensis.Brazil.Showing valleys.