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Solenastrea hyades

(Dana, 1846)

Colonies are submassive, with irregular upgrowths. Corallites may be irregularly spaced. Tentacles are commonly extended during the day and give colonies a furry appearance.

Colour: Cream or tan with dark brown polyps.

Habitat: A wide range of reef habitats and rocky foreshores, especially turbid environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Solenastrea bournoni

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Zlatarski and Estalella (1982). Additional identification guide: Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Solenastrea hyades.  South-eastern USA.  Colonies forming irregular columns as well as small columns and nodules.  Paul Humann.

Solenastrea hyades.South-eastern USA.Colonies forming irregular columns as well as small columns and nodules.Paul Humann.

Solenastrea hyades.  Caribbean.  Detail of a small colony showing the usual appearance of dark corallites with tentacles extended during the day.  Paul Humann.

Solenastrea hyades.Caribbean.Detail of a small colony showing the usual appearance of dark corallites with tentacles extended during the day.Paul Humann.