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Sandalolitha dentata

Quelch, 1884

Colonies are flat and irregular in shape, with corallites mostly in the central area. An axial furrow can be seen in small specimens. Septa vary greatly in height.

Colour: Brown or mottled, usually with white corallite centres.

Habitat: Deep protected environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Sandalolitha robusta

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Hoeksema (1989).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Sandalolitha dentata.  Philippines.  Colonies showing small widely spaced mouths towards the periphery.  Doug Fenner.

Sandalolitha dentata.Philippines.Colonies showing small widely spaced mouths towards the periphery.Doug Fenner.

Sandalolitha dentata.  Papua New Guinea.  Colonies showing small widely spaced mouths towards the periphery.  Neville Coleman.

Sandalolitha dentata.Papua New Guinea.Colonies showing small widely spaced mouths towards the periphery.Neville Coleman.

Sandalolitha dentata.  Indonesia.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Sandalolitha dentata.Indonesia.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Sandalolitha dentata.  Fiji.  Showing whole colony.

Sandalolitha dentata.Fiji.Showing whole colony.

Sandalolitha dentata.  Fiji.  Showing upper surface.

Sandalolitha dentata.Fiji.Showing upper surface.

Sandalolitha dentata.  Fiji.  Showing upper surface.

Sandalolitha dentata.Fiji.Showing upper surface.