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Seriatopora guttatus

Veron, 2000

Colonies are up to 0.3 metres across and are usually prostrate. Branches are irregularly fused. They are not tapered and do not have sharp points. Corallites are arranged irregularly or in indistinct rows. They have a well defined rim, but do not have hoods. Polyps are extended day and night.

Colour: A wide range of colours, with polyps and branches of contrasting colours.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments especially where protected from strong wave action including vertical walls and beneath overhangs.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Seriatopora aculeata , Seriatopora caliendrum , 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 guttatus.  Indonesia.  Colony in a protected habitat.  Gerry Allen.

Seriatopora guttatus. Indonesia. Colony in a protected habitat. Gerry Allen.

Seriatopora guttatus.  Madagascar.  Colony on an upper reef slope exposed to strong wave action.  Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora guttatus. Madagascar. Colony on an upper reef slope exposed to strong wave action. Charlie Veron.

Seriatopora guttatus.  Indonesia.  Branch detail of a colony exposed to moderate wave action.  Jim Maragos.

Seriatopora guttatus. Indonesia. Branch detail of a colony exposed to moderate wave action. Jim Maragos.

Seriatopora guttatus.  Indonesia.  Branch detail of a colony in a protected environment.  Valerie Taylor.

Seriatopora guttatus. Indonesia. Branch detail of a colony in a protected environment. Valerie Taylor.

Seriatopora guttatus.  Solomon Islands.  Colonies on vertical rock faces.  Valerie Taylor.

Seriatopora guttatus. Solomon Islands. Colonies on vertical rock faces. Valerie Taylor.

Seriatopora guttatus.  Indonesia.  Colonies on vertical rock faces.  Valerie Taylor.

Seriatopora guttatus. Indonesia. Colonies on vertical rock faces. Valerie Taylor.

Seriatopora guttatus.  Madagascar.  Showing branching pattern.

Seriatopora guttatus. Madagascar. Showing branching pattern.

Seriatopora guttatus.  Madagascar.  Showing branches.

Seriatopora guttatus. Madagascar. Showing branches.

Seriatopora guttatus.  Madagascar.  Showing corallites.

Seriatopora guttatus. Madagascar. Showing corallites.

Seriatopora guttatus.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Seriatopora guttatus. Indonesia. Showing corallites.