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Oculina robusta

Pourtalés, 1871

Colonies have sturdy bases and thick tree-like upright tapering branches. Corallites are widely spaced on basal parts, becoming compact towards branch tips. Corallites average 6 millimetres diameter and are exsert and neatly circular.

Colour: Tan or yellowish-brown.

Habitat: Protected shallow environments, especially in turbid water.

Abundance: Sometimes common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Pourtalés’ original description/specimens. Additional identification guide: Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Oculina robusta.  South-eastern USA.  Colony of sturdy tapered branches.  Paul Humann.

Oculina robusta.South-eastern USA.Colony of sturdy tapered branches.Paul Humann.

Oculina robusta.  South-eastern USA.  Showing corallites.

Oculina robusta.South-eastern USA.Showing corallites.

Oculina robusta.  Gulf of Mexico.  Showing branch end.

Oculina robusta.Gulf of Mexico.Showing branch end.

Oculina robusta.  Gulf of Mexico.  Showing corallites.

Oculina robusta.Gulf of Mexico.Showing corallites.