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.
Uniform or mottled dark browns or greens.
Lower reef slopes protected from wave action, and in crevices.
Rare but distinctive.
Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (1990a, as Echinophyllia nishihirai). Additional identification guide: Nishihira and Veron (1995, as Echinophyllia nishihirai).
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.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.Ryukyu Islands, Japan.Showing central corallite.