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Oxypora convoluta

Veron, 2000

Colonies are thin, highly contorted laminae. They may be up to 2 metres across. Laminae frequently form compact tiers which may become so contorted that they form chimneys. They have ragged margins. Costal spines are prominent. Corallites are small, with few costae and are often difficult to distinguish among costal spines.

Colour: Grey, sometimes with white margins.

Habitat: Protected reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon but conspicuous.

Similar species: Oxypora glabra , Oxypora lacera

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Oxypora convoluta.  Red Sea.  Colonies are typically composed of contorted fronds.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora convoluta.Red Sea.Colonies are typically composed of contorted fronds.Charlie Veron.

Oxypora convoluta.  Red Sea.  Surface of a large colony.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Oxypora convoluta.Red Sea.Surface of a large colony.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Oxypora convoluta.  Red Sea.  Contorted laminae forming chimneys.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora convoluta.Red Sea.Contorted laminae forming chimneys.Charlie Veron.

Oxypora convoluta.  Red Sea.  Corallites are difficult to distinguish from costal spines.  Charlie Veron.

Oxypora convoluta.Red Sea.Corallites are difficult to distinguish from costal spines.Charlie Veron.

Oxypora convoluta.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Oxypora convoluta.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Oxypora convoluta.  Red Sea.  Showing frond surface.

Oxypora convoluta.Red Sea.Showing frond surface.

Oxypora convoluta.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Oxypora convoluta.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Oxypora convoluta.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Oxypora convoluta.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Oxypora convoluta.  Red Sea.  Showing frond surface.

Oxypora convoluta.Red Sea.Showing frond surface.

Oxypora convoluta.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Oxypora convoluta.Red Sea.Showing corallites.