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Lobophyllia dentatus

Veron, 2000

Colonies are flat to hemispherical and up to 2 metres across. They have tusk-like, elongate, closely compacted monocentric corallites. Individual corallites unite only at the base of the colony. Primary septa are very exsert, with long teeth. The exsert primary septa have a spoke-like appearance underwater.

Colour: Uniform grey.

Habitat: Upper reef slopes and lagoons.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Lobophyllia corymbosa , Lobophyllia hemprichii

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Lobophyllia dentatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Colonies are commonly large and are usually hemispherical.  Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia dentatus.Papua New Guinea.Colonies are commonly large and are usually hemispherical.Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia dentatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallites have a spoke-like appearance due to long primary septa which have long teeth.  Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia dentatus.Papua New Guinea.Corallites have a spoke-like appearance due to long primary septa which have long teeth.Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia dentatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallites have a spoke-like appearance due to long primary septa which have long teeth.  Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia dentatus.Papua New Guinea.Corallites have a spoke-like appearance due to long primary septa which have long teeth.Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia dentatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Corallites have a spoke-like appearance due to long primary septa which have long teeth.  Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia dentatus.Papua New Guinea.Corallites have a spoke-like appearance due to long primary septa which have long teeth.Charlie Veron.

Lobophyllia dentatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Lobophyllia dentatus.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.

Lobophyllia dentatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing small colony.

Lobophyllia dentatus.Papua New Guinea.Showing small colony.

Lobophyllia dentatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing single corallite.

Lobophyllia dentatus.Papua New Guinea.Showing single corallite.

Lobophyllia dentatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Lobophyllia dentatus.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.

Lobophyllia dentatus.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branching pattern.

Lobophyllia dentatus.Papua New Guinea.Showing branching pattern.

Lobophyllia dentatus.  Vanuatu.  Showing branching pattern.

Lobophyllia dentatus.Vanuatu.Showing branching pattern.

Lobophyllia dentatus.  Vanuatu.  Showing branches.

Lobophyllia dentatus.Vanuatu.Showing branches.