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Cladocora caespitosa

(Linnaeus, 1767)

Colonies are phaceloid, up to 0.5 metres across. Corallites are tubular, 4-5 millimetres diameter, and are compacted together forming clumps. Septo-costae are in two alternating orders, only the first of which usually reaches the columella. Columellae and paliform lobes may both be well developed. Only colonies from water shallow enough for light penetration are zooxanthellate.

Colour: Cream or brown with brown tentacles.

Habitat: Shallow rocky substrates, to deep water where colonies are azooxanthellate.<

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Cladocora arbuscula

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Zibrowius (1980). Additional identification guide: Mojetta and Ghisotti (1994).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Cladocora caespitosa.  Mediterranean.  A clump of compacted corallites with fine elongated tentacles extended during the day.  Maoz Fine.

Cladocora caespitosa.Mediterranean.A clump of compacted corallites with fine elongated tentacles extended during the day.Maoz Fine.

Cladocora caespitosa.  Gulf of Mexico.  Colonies consist of uniformly and closely compacted polyps.  Julian Sprung.

Cladocora caespitosa.Gulf of Mexico.Colonies consist of uniformly and closely compacted polyps.Julian Sprung.

Cladocora caespitosa.  Mediterranean.  Colony surface.  Maoz Fine.

Cladocora caespitosa.Mediterranean.Colony surface.Maoz Fine.

Cladocora caespitosa.  Mediterranean.  Showing corallites.

Cladocora caespitosa.Mediterranean.Showing corallites.

Cladocora caespitosa.  Mediterranean.  Showing corallites.

Cladocora caespitosa.Mediterranean.Showing corallites.

Cladocora caespitosa.  Mediterranean.  Showing compact colony.

Cladocora caespitosa.Mediterranean.Showing compact colony.