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Stylophora subseriata

(Ehrenberg, 1834)

Colonies have thin (up to 5 mm diameter), irregular, often anastomosing branches with blunt ends. Corallites are prominent but do not have prominent hoods. They have style-like columellae and six primary septa which may be short or fused with the columella. The coenosteum is covered by fine spinules. Tentacles are often extended during the day.

Colour: Uniform cream or pink, occasionally greenish.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species: Stylophora kuehlmanni , Stylophora pistillata

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Stylophora subseriata.  Papua New Guinea.  Colonies usually have compact branches on upper reef slopes.  Charlie Veron.

Stylophora subseriata.Papua New Guinea.Colonies usually have compact branches on upper reef slopes.Charlie Veron.

Stylophora subseriata.  null.  Branches are relatively straight and radiate from a central base especially in colonies growing in turbid water.  Charlie Veron.

Stylophora subseriata.null.Branches are relatively straight and radiate from a central base especially in colonies growing in turbid water.Charlie Veron.

Stylophora subseriata.  null.  Variation in branch structure and colour.  Pat Colin.

Stylophora subseriata.null.Variation in branch structure and colour.Pat Colin.

Stylophora subseriata.  Red Sea.  Detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Stylophora subseriata.Red Sea.Detail of branches.Charlie Veron.

Stylophora subseriata.  Papua New Guinea.  Detail of branches.  Charlie Veron.

Stylophora subseriata.Papua New Guinea.Detail of branches.Charlie Veron.

Stylophora subseriata.  Red Sea.  Variation in branch structure and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Stylophora subseriata.Red Sea.Variation in branch structure and colour.Charlie Veron.

Stylophora subseriata.  Red Sea.  Showing whole colony.

Stylophora subseriata.Red Sea.Showing whole colony.

Stylophora subseriata.  Red Sea.  Showing branches.

Stylophora subseriata.Red Sea.Showing branches.

Stylophora subseriata.  Red Sea.  Showing branching pattern.

Stylophora subseriata.Red Sea.Showing branching pattern.