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Mycedium steeni

Veron, 2000

Colonies are extremely delicate, usually less than 0.3 metres across, and are composed of small thin unifacial fronds forming whorls. Individual fronds have up to 15 corallites which decrease in size from approximately 6 millimetres diameter near the base to 4 millimetres diameter near the margins. Costae are prominent and radiate from the base to the margins. Corallites are superficial, composed primarily of a few septo-costae and small columellae.

Colour: Pale brown.

Habitat: Sheltered reef slopes with turbid water.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species:

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Mycedium steeni.  Philippines.  Detail of a frond.  Charlie Veron.

Mycedium steeni.Philippines.Detail of a frond.Charlie Veron.

Mycedium steeni.  Philippines.  This species is one of the most delicate of all corals. It is seen here with branches of Acropora forbesi.  Charlie Veron.

Mycedium steeni.Philippines.This species is one of the most delicate of all corals. It is seen here with branches of Acropora forbesi.Charlie Veron.

Mycedium steeni.  Indonesia.  A large colony of thin laminae.  Charlie Veron.

Mycedium steeni.Indonesia.A large colony of thin laminae.Charlie Veron.

Mycedium steeni.  Philippines.  Showing fronds.

Mycedium steeni.Philippines.Showing fronds.

Mycedium steeni.  Philippines.  Showing a frond.

Mycedium steeni.Philippines.Showing a frond.

Mycedium steeni.  Philippines.  Showing corallite detail.

Mycedium steeni.Philippines.Showing corallite detail.