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Stylophora kuehlmanni

Scheer and Pillai, 1983

Colonies have thin (up to 5 mm diameter), irregular, often anastomosing branches with blunt ends. Corallites are prominent, almost tubular, with well developed hoods giving branches a spiny appearance. They have style-like columellae and six primary septa which may be short or fused with the columella. The coenosteum is covered by fine spinules. Tentacles are often extended during the day.

Colour: Cream or pink, occasionally greenish.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon.

Similar species: Stylophora pistillata , Stylophora subseriata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Stylophora kuehlmanni.  Red Sea.  Colonies are small clumps that are seldom larger then this.  Charlie Veron.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.Red Sea.Colonies are small clumps that are seldom larger then this.Charlie Veron.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.  Red Sea.  Variation in branch development and colour.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.Red Sea.Variation in branch development and colour.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.  Red Sea.  Variation in branch development and colour.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.Red Sea.Variation in branch development and colour.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.  Red Sea.  Corallite detail showing elongate corallite hoods.  Charlie Veron.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.Red Sea.Corallite detail showing elongate corallite hoods.Charlie Veron.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.  Red Sea.  Showing branch tips.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.Red Sea.Showing branch tips.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.  Tanzania.  Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.Tanzania.Showing characteristic branching pattern.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.  Tanzania.  Showing corallites.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.Tanzania.Showing corallites.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.  Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Stylophora kuehlmanni.Red Sea.Showing branches.