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Solenastrea bournoni

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849

Colonies are massive, forming hemispherical domes with smooth or slightly irregular surfaces. Corallite rims form conspicuous dark circles. Tentacles, which may be extended during the day, are long, giving colonies a ragged appearance.

Colour: Cream or tan with colourless or green polyps.

Habitat: Shallow turbid environments including seagrass beds and reef lagoons.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Solenastrea hyades

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Zlatarski and Estalella (1982). Additional identification guide: Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Solenastrea bournoni.  South-eastern USA.  A massive colony in a turbid environment.  Paul Humann.

Solenastrea bournoni.South-eastern USA.A massive colony in a turbid environment.Paul Humann.

Solenastrea bournoni.  null.  Detail of a massive colony.  Paul Humann.

Solenastrea bournoni.null.Detail of a massive colony.Paul Humann.

Solenastrea bournoni.  Caribbean.  Showing colony surface.

Solenastrea bournoni.Caribbean.Showing colony surface.

Solenastrea bournoni.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Solenastrea bournoni.Caribbean.Showing corallites.