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Merulina scheeri

Head, 1983

Colonies are thick plates up to 300 millimetres across, which usually slope downwards, parallel to steeply sloping substrates. Small upgrowths sometimes occur but are seldom the dominant growth-form. Corallites are mostly monocentric or form short radiating valleys towards the colony margins. Walls are low, broad and evenly rounded.

Colour: Orange- to greenish-brown.

Habitat: Crevices usually below 10 metres depth, silted slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Common, but less conspicuous than other Merulina.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Head (1983). Additional identification guide: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Merulina scheeri.  Red Sea.  A well developed colony.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Merulina scheeri.Red Sea.A well developed colony.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Merulina scheeri.  Red Sea.  A colony composed primarily of irregular upgrowths.  Charlie Veron.

Merulina scheeri.Red Sea.A colony composed primarily of irregular upgrowths.Charlie Veron.

Merulina scheeri.  Red Sea.  A colony composed of flat plates.  Charlie Veron.

Merulina scheeri.Red Sea.A colony composed of flat plates.Charlie Veron.

Merulina scheeri.  Red Sea.  Surface detail of upgrowths.  Charlie Veron.

Merulina scheeri.Red Sea.Surface detail of upgrowths.Charlie Veron.

Merulina scheeri.  Red Sea.  Surface detail of a plate.  Charlie Veron.

Merulina scheeri.Red Sea.Surface detail of a plate.Charlie Veron.

Merulina scheeri.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Merulina scheeri.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Merulina scheeri.  Red Sea.  Showing plate formation.

Merulina scheeri.Red Sea.Showing plate formation.

Merulina scheeri.  Red Sea.  Showing plate formation.

Merulina scheeri.Red Sea.Showing plate formation.

Merulina scheeri.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Merulina scheeri.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Merulina scheeri.  Red Sea.  Showing valleys.

Merulina scheeri.Red Sea.Showing valleys.