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Mussa angulosa

(Pallas, 1766)

Colonies are flat to hemispherical, phaceloid to flabello-meandroid, the latter with short valleys of up to 5 centres. Septa have tall sharp teeth. Columellae are well developed. Retracted polyps are thick and fleshy.

Colour: Usually grey, purple or green.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Scolymia cubensis

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: Solitary polyps of this species have commonly been called Scolymia lacera. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Zlatarski and Estalella (1982), Fenner (1993). Additional identification guides: Colin (1978), Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Mussa angulosa.  Caribbean.  The usual appearance of a small colony composed of a few polyps.  Charlie Veron.

Mussa angulosa.Caribbean.The usual appearance of a small colony composed of a few polyps.Charlie Veron.

Mussa angulosa.  Gulf of Mexico.  Polyps have a rough texture, like those of most Lobophyllia species.  Doug Fenner.

Mussa angulosa.Gulf of Mexico.Polyps have a rough texture, like those of most Lobophyllia species.Doug Fenner.

Mussa angulosa.  Caribbean.  A large colony.  Nancy Sefton.

Mussa angulosa.Caribbean.A large colony.Nancy Sefton.

Mussa angulosa.  Caribbean.  Solitary polyps. These are commonly identified as Scolymia lacera.  Paul Humann.

Mussa angulosa.Caribbean.Solitary polyps. These are commonly identified as Scolymia lacera.Paul Humann.

Mussa angulosa.  Caribbean.  Solitary polyps. These are commonly identified as Scolymia lacera.  Paul Humann.

Mussa angulosa.Caribbean.Solitary polyps. These are commonly identified as Scolymia lacera.Paul Humann.

Mussa angulosa.  Caribbean.  Polyp tentacles.  Nancy Sefton.

Mussa angulosa.Caribbean.Polyp tentacles.Nancy Sefton.

Mussa angulosa.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Mussa angulosa.Caribbean.Showing corallites.

Mussa angulosa.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Mussa angulosa.Caribbean.Showing corallites.

Mussa angulosa.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Mussa angulosa.Caribbean.Showing corallites.