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Echinomorpha nishihirai

(Veron, 1990)

Colonies or individuals are thin and delicate. They may have only one corallite or have a prominent central corallite and widely spaced peripheral corallites. Septo-costae radiate from the central corallite like spokes from a wheel.

Colour: Uniform or mottled dark browns or greens.

Habitat: Lower reef slopes protected from wave action, and in crevices.

Abundance: Rare but distinctive.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (1990a, as Echinophyllia nishihirai). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995, as Echinophyllia nishihirai).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Echinomorpha nishihirai.  Philippines.  This species commonly consists of a single large corallite. It looks robust but is only a thin veneer.  Doug Fenner.

Echinomorpha nishihirai. Philippines. This species commonly consists of a single large corallite. It looks robust but is only a thin veneer. Doug Fenner.

Echinomorpha nishihirai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  This species commonly consists of a single large corallite. It looks robust but is only a thin veneer.  Kazuhika Yanagiya.

Echinomorpha nishihirai. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. This species commonly consists of a single large corallite. It looks robust but is only a thin veneer. Kazuhika Yanagiya.

Echinomorpha nishihirai.  Philippines.  Part of a colony composed of several corallites.  Charlie Veron.

Echinomorpha nishihirai. Philippines. Part of a colony composed of several corallites. Charlie Veron.

Echinomorpha nishihirai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing central corallite.

Echinomorpha nishihirai. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Showing central corallite.

Echinomorpha nishihirai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing colony surface.

Echinomorpha nishihirai. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Showing colony surface.

Echinomorpha nishihirai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing corallites.

Echinomorpha nishihirai. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Showing corallites.

Echinomorpha nishihirai.  Ryukyu Islands, Japan.  Showing central corallite.

Echinomorpha nishihirai. Ryukyu Islands, Japan. Showing central corallite.