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Micromussa diminuta

Veron, 2000

Colonies are massive and cerioid, with pentagonal or hexagonal corallites 3-4 millimetres diameter. Walls are thin. Septa are beaded and columellae are poorly developed. Colonies do not have thick fleshy tissue over the skeleton.

Colour: Brown, with pale grey centres. The surface is usually speckled white.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Micromussa minuta

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Micromussa diminuta.  Sri Lanka.  Showing angular corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Micromussa diminuta.Sri Lanka.Showing angular corallites.Charlie Veron.

Micromussa diminuta.  Philippines.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Micromussa diminuta.Philippines.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Micromussa diminuta.  Sri Lanka.  Surface of a large colony.  Charlie Veron.

Micromussa diminuta.Sri Lanka.Surface of a large colony.Charlie Veron.

Micromussa diminuta.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Micromussa diminuta.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Micromussa diminuta.  Sri Lanka.  Showing colony surface.

Micromussa diminuta.Sri Lanka.Showing colony surface.

Micromussa diminuta.  Sri Lanka.  Showing corallites.

Micromussa diminuta.Sri Lanka.Showing corallites.

Micromussa diminuta.  Sri Lanka.  Showing corallite detail.

Micromussa diminuta.Sri Lanka.Showing corallite detail.