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Micromussa minuta

(Moll and Borel-Best, 1984)

Colonies are massive, cerioid, with circular corallites 5-6 millimetres diameter. Walls are thick. Septa are beaded and columellae are poorly developed. Colonies do not have thick fleshy tissue over the skeleton. Colonies may have ‘groove and tubercle’ structures separating corallites.

Colour: Pale grey.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Micromussa amakusensis , Micromussa diminuta

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Moll and Borel-Best (1984, as Acanthastrea minuta).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Micromussa minuta.  Papua New Guinea.  This species looks more like a faviid then a mussid underwater.  Charlie Veron.

Micromussa minuta.Papua New Guinea.This species looks more like a faviid then a mussid underwater.Charlie Veron.

Micromussa minuta.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Micromussa minuta.Indonesia.Showing corallites.

Micromussa minuta.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing colony surface.

Micromussa minuta.Papua New Guinea.Showing colony surface.

Micromussa minuta.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Micromussa minuta.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.