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Schizoculina africana

(Thiel, 1928)

Colonies are encrusting to branching, sometimes over one metre across. Branches are primarily horizontal and may have a zig-zag shape. Corallites are circular, less than 4 millimetres diameter and are mostly on the upper surface of branches. Budding is extratentacular. A paliform crown is well developed.

Colour: Dark brown to grey.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores up to 35 metres depth.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Schizoculina fissipara

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Laborel (1974).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Schizoculina africana.  Gulf of Guinea.  Showing whole colony.

Schizoculina africana.Gulf of Guinea.Showing whole colony.