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Psammocora stellata

Verrill, 1868

Colonies are submassive or branching, with encrusting bases. Corallites have poorly defined walls. Approximately half of the septo-costae are tear-shaped. Columellae are poorly developed or absent.

Colour: Tan, grey or purple.

Habitat: Shallow wave washed rock.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Psammocora obtusangula

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Verrill?s original description/specimens. Additional identification guide: Randall and Myers (1983).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Psammocora stellata.  Galapagos Islands.  Usual appearance of small colonies.  Paul Humann.

Psammocora stellata.Galapagos Islands.Usual appearance of small colonies.Paul Humann.

Psammocora stellata.  Hawaii.  Corallite detail.  Keoki Sender.

Psammocora stellata.Hawaii.Corallite detail.Keoki Sender.

Psammocora stellata.  Hawaii.  Small colonies amongst green Diaseris distorta.  Keoki Sender.

Psammocora stellata.Hawaii.Small colonies amongst green Diaseris distorta.Keoki Sender.

Psammocora stellata. Skeletal detail.  Geoff Kelly.

Psammocora stellata.Skeletal detail.Geoff Kelly.

Psammocora stellata.  Hawaii.  Showing clump formation.

Psammocora stellata.Hawaii.Showing clump formation.

Psammocora stellata.  Hawaii.  Showing corallites.

Psammocora stellata.Hawaii.Showing corallites.

Psammocora stellata.  Hawaii.  Showing branches.

Psammocora stellata.Hawaii.Showing branches.

Psammocora stellata.  Hawaii.  Showing corallites.

Psammocora stellata.Hawaii.Showing corallites.