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Oculina patagonica

Angelis, 1908

This species is both zooxanthellate and azooxanthellate. Colonies are encrusting or form clumps of short, thick, highly fused branches. Corallites are crowded, up to 5 millimetres diameter and have neat round exsert walls. Long and short septa clearly alternate. Costae are weakly developed.

Colour: Yellowish-brown.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores and caves.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species:

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Oculina patagonica.  Mediterranean.  Large colony showing some column formation.  Maoz Fine.

Oculina patagonica.Mediterranean.Large colony showing some column formation.Maoz Fine.

Oculina patagonica.  Mediterranean.  A small encrusting colony.  Maoz Fine.

Oculina patagonica.Mediterranean.A small encrusting colony.Maoz Fine.

Oculina patagonica.  Mediterranean.  Surface detail.  Maoz Fine.

Oculina patagonica.Mediterranean.Surface detail.Maoz Fine.

Oculina patagonica.  Mediterranean.  Showing colony surface.

Oculina patagonica.Mediterranean.Showing colony surface.

Oculina patagonica.  Mediterranean.  Showing corallites.

Oculina patagonica.Mediterranean.Showing corallites.

Oculina patagonica.  Mediterranean.  Showing corallites.

Oculina patagonica.Mediterranean.Showing corallites.