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Turbinaria stellulata

(Lamarck, 1816)

Colonies are primarily encrusting. Corallites are thick walled, conical and average 2.5 millimetres diameter.

Colour: Usually brown or green but may be a wide range of other colours. The coenosteum between corallites is usually darker than the corallite walls.

Habitat: May form conspicuous dome-shaped colonies on upper reef slopes. Unlike other Turbinaria this species is seldom found in turbid waters.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Turbinaria irregularis , Turbinaria radicalis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Turbinaria stellulata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  This species commonly have the shape of other colonies it encrusts.  Ed Lovell.

Turbinaria stellulata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.This species commonly have the shape of other colonies it encrusts.Ed Lovell.

Turbinaria stellulata.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Encrusting a rock (right, next to Pocillopora verrucosa)..  Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria stellulata.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Encrusting a rock (right, next to Pocillopora verrucosa)..Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria stellulata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Typical appearance of a small encrusting colony.  Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria stellulata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Typical appearance of a small encrusting colony.Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria stellulata.  Tanzania.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria stellulata.Tanzania.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria stellulata.  Papua New Guinea.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria stellulata.Papua New Guinea.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria stellulata.  Red Sea.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Lyndon Devantier.

Turbinaria stellulata.Red Sea.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Lyndon Devantier.

Turbinaria stellulata.  Red Sea.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria stellulata.Red Sea.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Turbinaria stellulata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Turbinaria stellulata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Turbinaria stellulata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Turbinaria stellulata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Turbinaria stellulata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Turbinaria stellulata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony surface.

Turbinaria stellulata.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Turbinaria stellulata.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony surface.