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Madracis asperula

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1850

This is a primarily azooxanthellate species. Colonies consist of clumps of fine twisted branches, usually with encrusting bases. Corallites are subcerioid and rounded in outline, with solid conical columellae. Usually ten primary septa are present and these are fused with the columella. Secondary septa are weakly developed or absent. The coenosteum is covered by coarse spinules.

Colour: Brown.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores below 12 metres depth.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Madracis asanoi

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Zibrowius (1980).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Madracis asperula.  Caribbean.  Showing branch tips.

Madracis asperula.Caribbean.Showing branch tips.

Madracis asperula.  Caribbean.  Showing corallites.

Madracis asperula.Caribbean.Showing corallites.