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Mussismilia hispida

(Verrill, 1902)

Colonies are massive, less than 0.5 metres across and usually flattened. Corallites are rounded, with thick walls, and are 10-15 millimetres diameter. Septa of living colonies have rounded, bead-like dentations.

Colour: Browns and greys, usually with differently coloured corallite walls and centres, commonly with radial stripes.

Habitat: Shallow water, tolerant of turbid 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 hispida.  Brazil.  Variation in corallite structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia hispida.Brazil.Variation in corallite structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia hispida.  Brazil.  Variation in corallite structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia hispida.Brazil.Variation in corallite structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia hispida.  Brazil.  Variation in corallite structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia hispida.Brazil.Variation in corallite structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia hispida.  Brazil.  Variation in corallite structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia hispida.Brazil.Variation in corallite structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia hispida.  Brazil.  Variation in corallite structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia hispida.Brazil.Variation in corallite structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Mussismilia hispida.  Brazil.  Showing corallites.

Mussismilia hispida.Brazil.Showing corallites.

Mussismilia hispida.  Brazil.  Showing corallites.

Mussismilia hispida.Brazil.Showing corallites.

Mussismilia hispida.  Brazil.  Showing corallites.

Mussismilia hispida.Brazil.Showing corallites.