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Echinopora forskaliana

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1850)

Colonies are massive, with little tendency to form plates. Corallites are tall and conical, up to 10 millimetres diameter. Long and short septo-costae slightly alternate and are neatly and uniformly beaded. Paliform lobes form a neat crown. The columella has spines twisted into a spiral.

Colour: Pink, sometimes brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Echinopora gemmacea , Echinopora robusta

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Wijsman-Best (1980).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Echinopora forskaliana.  Red Sea.  Surface of a massive colony.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora forskaliana.Red Sea.Surface of a massive colony.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora forskaliana.  Red Sea.  Variation in the structure of corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora forskaliana.Red Sea.Variation in the structure of corallites.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora forskaliana.  Red Sea.  A massive colony.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Echinopora forskaliana.Red Sea.A massive colony.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Echinopora forskaliana.  Red Sea.  Colonies of flat plates.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora forskaliana.Red Sea.Colonies of flat plates.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora forskaliana.  Red Sea.  Variation in the structure of corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Echinopora forskaliana.Red Sea.Variation in the structure of corallites.Charlie Veron.

Echinopora forskaliana.  Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Echinopora forskaliana.Red Sea.Showing colony surface.

Echinopora forskaliana.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Echinopora forskaliana.Red Sea.Showing corallites.