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Halomitra meierae

Veron and Maragos, 2000

Colonies are free-living, circular in outline and are flat or form a central dome. Most colonies are regenerated from fragments and thus have a central area of parallel septo-costae (the original fragment) surrounded by a border of peripheral septo-costae which are perpendicular to the margin. Mouths are distinctive in the central area, but are small or absent in peripheral areas. Septo-costae are in two or three orders. Septal spines are tall with elaborated teeth.

Colour: Grey-brown. Mouths are not distinctively coloured.

Habitat: Sheltered habitats.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Halomitra clavator , Halomitra pileus

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Halomitra meierae.  Indonesia.  Colony polyp showing a small central area of parallel septo-costae corresponding to the original fragment from which this colony was formed.  Jim Maragos.

Halomitra meierae.Indonesia.Colony polyp showing a small central area of parallel septo-costae corresponding to the original fragment from which this colony was formed.Jim Maragos.

Halomitra meierae.  Indonesia.  Showing upper surface.

Halomitra meierae.Indonesia.Showing upper surface.

Halomitra meierae.  Indonesia.  Showing lower surface.

Halomitra meierae.Indonesia.Showing lower surface.

Halomitra meierae.  Indonesia.  Showing costae.

Halomitra meierae.Indonesia.Showing costae.

Halomitra meierae.  Indonesia.  Showing corallites.

Halomitra meierae.Indonesia.Showing corallites.