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Caulastrea connata

(Ortmann, 1892)

Colonies are phaceloid. Corallites are prominent and sturdy, 10-25 millimetres diameter, and frequently have more than one mouth. Septa are irregularly spaced, exsert and rough-edged. Costae are poorly developed; paliform lobes are not conspicuous.

Colour: Grey-brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Caulastrea tumida

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species was formerly placed in Astreosmilia, a genus of its own. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Ortmanns original description/specimens.s original description/specimens.

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Caulastrea connata.  Tanzania.  This rare species has large corallites with large irregular septa.  Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea connata.Tanzania.This rare species has large corallites with large irregular septa.Charlie Veron.

Caulastrea connata.  Tanzania.  Showing corallites.

Caulastrea connata.Tanzania.Showing corallites.

Caulastrea connata.  Tanzania.  Showing whole colony.

Caulastrea connata.Tanzania.Showing whole colony.

Caulastrea connata.  Tanzania.  Showing corallite detail.

Caulastrea connata.Tanzania.Showing corallite detail.