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Meandrina meandrites

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Colonies are submassive and meandroid, often forming thick plates. They are rarely columnar. Valleys radiate from the original point of growth and divide at regular intervals maintaining a constant width. Septo-costae of adjacent valleys are seldom joined at the top of valley walls and are evenly spaced. Orders alternate at the colony periphery and sometimes elsewhere.

Colour: Grey or pale brown.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon but conspicuous.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: The validity of Meandrina braziliensis as distinct from M. meandrites may be artificial. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Roos (1971), Zlatarski and Estalella (1982), Cairns (1982). Additional identification guides: Colin (1978), Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Meandrina meandrites.  Caribbean.  Common appearance of a small submassive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Meandrina meandrites.Caribbean.Common appearance of a small submassive colony.Charlie Veron.

Meandrina meandrites.  Caribbean.  Surface of a submassive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Meandrina meandrites.Caribbean.Surface of a submassive colony.Charlie Veron.

Meandrina meandrites.  Caribbean.  Typical pattern of valleys at the edges of a plate.  Charlie Veron.

Meandrina meandrites.Caribbean.Typical pattern of valleys at the edges of a plate.Charlie Veron.

Meandrina meandrites.  Caribbean.  Colony with tentacles extended at night.  Paul Humann.

Meandrina meandrites.Caribbean.Colony with tentacles extended at night.Paul Humann.

Meandrina meandrites.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Meandrina meandrites.Caribbean.Showing valleys.

Meandrina meandrites.  Caribbean.  Showing whole colony.

Meandrina meandrites.Caribbean.Showing whole colony.

Meandrina meandrites.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Meandrina meandrites.Caribbean.Showing valleys.

Meandrina meandrites.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Meandrina meandrites.Caribbean.Showing valleys.

Meandrina meandrites.  Caribbean.  Showing colony edge.

Meandrina meandrites.Caribbean.Showing colony edge.