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Madracis formosa

Wells, 1973

Colonies are usually columnar. The columns are club-shaped, sometimes divide, and are slightly flattened in section. Corallites are widely separated, circular in outline, with a solid conical columella. Eight primary septa are distinctive. The coenosteum has fine spinules.

Colour: Usually green with yellow oral discs.

Habitat: Lower reef slopes protected from wave action.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Madracis decactis , Madracis mirabilis

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic references: Wells (1973b), Zlatarski and Estalella (1982). Additional identification guides: Colin (1978), Humann (1993).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Madracis formosa.  null.  A large colony of compact flattened branches.  Nancy Sefton.

Madracis formosa.null.A large colony of compact flattened branches.Nancy Sefton.

Madracis formosa.  null.  Branch tips with tentacles partly extended.  Nancy Sefton.

Madracis formosa.null.Branch tips with tentacles partly extended.Nancy Sefton.

Madracis formosa.  null.  Detail of a branch.  Nancy Sefton.

Madracis formosa.null.Detail of a branch.Nancy Sefton.

Madracis formosa.  null.  Showing flattened branches.  Nancy Sefton.

Madracis formosa.null.Showing flattened branches.Nancy Sefton.

Madracis formosa.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Madracis formosa.Caribbean.Showing corallites.

Madracis formosa.  Caribbean.  Showing colony surface.

Madracis formosa.Caribbean.Showing colony surface.

Madracis formosa.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Madracis formosa.Caribbean.Showing corallites.

Madracis formosa.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Madracis formosa.Caribbean.Showing corallites.