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Echinophyllia costata

Fenner and Veron, 2000

Colonies are thin delicate laminae with widely but uniformly spaced corallites. Corallites are well defined, becoming immersed, with indistinct walls. Septo-costae form parallel striations irrespective of the position of corallites. Most septa radiate from the corallite centre, but those adjoined to costae remain aligned with the costae. Septo-costae inside corallites are in three indistinct orders. Columellae consist of a few septal spines or are absent.

Colour: Usually dark brown, sometimes grey.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Echinophyllia pectinata

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Echinophyllia costata.  Indonesia.  Tiered foliose plates.  Doug Fenner.

Echinophyllia costata.Indonesia.Tiered foliose plates.Doug Fenner.

Echinophyllia costata.  Indonesia.  Surface of a plate.  Doug Fenner.

Echinophyllia costata.Indonesia.Surface of a plate.Doug Fenner.

Echinophyllia costata.  Indonesia.  Corallite detail.  Doug Fenner.

Echinophyllia costata.Indonesia.Corallite detail.Doug Fenner.

Echinophyllia costata.  Philippines.  Showing corallites.

Echinophyllia costata.Philippines.Showing corallites.

Echinophyllia costata.  Indonesia.  Showing colony surface.

Echinophyllia costata.Indonesia.Showing colony surface.

Echinophyllia costata.  Indonesia.  Showing corallite detail.

Echinophyllia costata.Indonesia.Showing corallite detail.

Echinophyllia costata.  Indonesia.  Showing costae.

Echinophyllia costata.Indonesia.Showing costae.