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Echinopora fruticulosa

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies are dome-shaped clumps of interlocking branches up to 2 metres across. Branches are formed of single tubular corallites (or axial corallites) with lateral buds. Corallites are 5-8 millimetres diameter. Costal spines are widely spaced and not exsert. There is little tendency to form laminae or solid bases.

Colour: Pinkish-brown with pale corallite ends.

Habitat: Most shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Echinopora gemmacea , Echinopora horrida

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Echinopora fruticulosa.  Red Sea.  The typical growth-form of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora fruticulosa.Red Sea.The typical growth-form of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora fruticulosa.  Red Sea.  Interlocking branches of which colonies are made.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora fruticulosa.Red Sea.Interlocking branches of which colonies are made.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora fruticulosa.  Red Sea.  Corallite detail.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Echinopora fruticulosa.Red Sea.Corallite detail.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Echinopora fruticulosa.  Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Echinopora fruticulosa.Red Sea.Showing branches.

Echinopora fruticulosa.  Red Sea.  Showing branch end.

Echinopora fruticulosa.Red Sea.Showing branch end.

Echinopora fruticulosa.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Echinopora fruticulosa.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Echinopora fruticulosa.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Echinopora fruticulosa.Red Sea.Showing corallites.