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Alveopora daedalea

(Forskål, 1775)

Colonies are encrusting, thick plates, or columnar. They have a smooth surface and may be large, with columns up to one metre high. Corallites have alternating long and short fine septal spines. Tips of polyp tentacles are truncated giving a squared appearance. Sometimes six large tentacles alternate with six small tentacles.

Colour: Uniform pale or dark brown.

Habitat: Protected upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Relatively common in the western Indian Ocean.

Similar species: Alveopora spongiosa

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Alveopora daedalea.  Seychelle Islands.  Colonies forming tall columns.  Charlie Veron.

Alveopora daedalea.Seychelle Islands.Colonies forming tall columns.Charlie Veron.

Alveopora daedalea.  Philippines.  Colonies forming tall columns.  Charlie Veron.

Alveopora daedalea.Philippines.Colonies forming tall columns.Charlie Veron.

Alveopora daedalea.  Papua New Guinea.  An irregular colony without tall columns.  Charlie Veron.

Alveopora daedalea.Papua New Guinea.An irregular colony without tall columns.Charlie Veron.

Alveopora daedalea.  Seychelle Islands.  Polyp detail.  Charlie Veron.

Alveopora daedalea.Seychelle Islands.Polyp detail.Charlie Veron.

Alveopora daedalea.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Alveopora daedalea.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Alveopora daedalea.  Philippines.  Showing whole colony.

Alveopora daedalea.Philippines.Showing whole colony.

Alveopora daedalea.  Philippines.  Showing colony surface.

Alveopora daedalea.Philippines.Showing colony surface.

Alveopora daedalea.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Alveopora daedalea.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Alveopora daedalea.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Alveopora daedalea.Philippines.Showing corallites.