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Mycetophyllia ferox

Wells, 1973

Colonies are thin, weakly attached plates with interconnecting, slightly sinuous narrow valleys. Corallite centres are usually in single rows. Columellae are rudimentary or absent.

Colour: Greys and browns are the most common with valleys and walls of contrasting colours.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1973b), Cairns (1982). Additional identification guide: Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Mycetophyllia ferox.  Caribbean.  Forming a thin plate.  Charlie Veron.

Mycetophyllia ferox. Caribbean. Forming a thin plate. Charlie Veron.

Mycetophyllia ferox.  Caribbean.  Showing the characteristically irregular narrow valleys of a thin plate.  Charlie Veron.

Mycetophyllia ferox. Caribbean. Showing the characteristically irregular narrow valleys of a thin plate. Charlie Veron.

Mycetophyllia ferox.  Caribbean.  Corallite detail at the centre of a large plate.  Pat Colin.

Mycetophyllia ferox. Caribbean. Corallite detail at the centre of a large plate. Pat Colin.

Mycetophyllia ferox.  Caribbean.  Corallite detail showing weak valley formation near the margin of a plate.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Mycetophyllia ferox. Caribbean. Corallite detail showing weak valley formation near the margin of a plate. Mary Stafford-Smith.

Mycetophyllia ferox.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Mycetophyllia ferox. Caribbean. Showing valleys.

Mycetophyllia ferox.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Mycetophyllia ferox. Caribbean. Showing valleys.

Mycetophyllia ferox.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Mycetophyllia ferox. Caribbean. Showing valleys.

Mycetophyllia ferox.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Mycetophyllia ferox. Caribbean. Showing valleys.

Mycetophyllia ferox.  Caribbean.  Showing valleys.

Mycetophyllia ferox. Caribbean. Showing valleys.