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Mussismilia braziliensis

(Verrill, 1867)

Colonies are massive, usually forming large domes on reef tops. Corallites are cerioid, tightly compacted, irregular in shape and 8-10 millimetres diameter. Septa of living colonies have rounded, bead-like dentations.

Colour: Various combinations of blue-grey, green and yellow.

Habitat: Shallow or subtidal reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: 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.
Mussismilia braziliensis.  Brazil.  The common appearance of a massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia braziliensis.Brazil.The common appearance of a massive colony.Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia braziliensis.  Brazil.  Surface detail of a colony.  Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia braziliensis.Brazil.Surface detail of a colony.Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia braziliensis.  Brazil.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia braziliensis.Brazil.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia braziliensis.  Brazil.  Showing corallites.

Mussismilia braziliensis.Brazil.Showing corallites.

Mussismilia braziliensis.  Brazil.  Showing corallites.

Mussismilia braziliensis.Brazil.Showing corallites.

Mussismilia braziliensis.  Brazil.  Showing corallites.

Mussismilia braziliensis.Brazil.Showing corallites.

Mussismilia braziliensis.  Brazil.  Showing corallites.

Mussismilia braziliensis.Brazil.Showing corallites.