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Seriatopora dendritica

Veron, 2000

Branches thin and tapered to a point, hence they have a needle-like appearance. Branches are widely spaced, less than 100 millimetres long, and usually fuse in an irregular manner. They are very fine and delicate, so that colonies fall apart if disturbed. Corallites are arranged in neat rows along branches. Tentacles are extended only at night.

Colour: Pink or cream.

Habitat: Protected reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Seriatopora hystrix

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Seriatopora dendritica.  Indonesia.  S. dendritica (pink left) has much finer branches then S. hystrix (yellow right).  Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora dendritica.Indonesia.S. dendritica (pink left) has much finer branches then S. hystrix (yellow right).Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora dendritica.  Papua New Guinea.  Branches sprawl over the substrate and break apart at the slightest touch.  Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora dendritica.Papua New Guinea.Branches sprawl over the substrate and break apart at the slightest touch.Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora dendritica.  Papua New Guinea.  Branches are irregular in shape and size.  Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora dendritica.Papua New Guinea.Branches are irregular in shape and size.Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora dendritica.  Papua New Guinea.  Detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora dendritica.Papua New Guinea.Detail of branches.Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora dendritica.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing branching pattern.

Seriatopora dendritica.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing branching pattern.

Seriatopora dendritica.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branch tips.

Seriatopora dendritica.Papua New Guinea.Showing branch tips.

Seriatopora dendritica.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branches.

Seriatopora dendritica.Papua New Guinea.Showing branches.

Seriatopora dendritica.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing branches.

Seriatopora dendritica.Papua New Guinea.Showing branches.

Seriatopora dendritica.  Papua New Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Seriatopora dendritica.Papua New Guinea.Showing corallites.