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Stylophora wellsi

Scheer, 1964

Colonies usually consist of clumps of short knobby branches up to 40 millimetres thick with blunt ends. Corallites are crowded and immersed to conical, with hoods often facing different directions. They have small style-like columellae, six primary septa and rudimentary secondary septa. The coenosteum is covered by coarse spinules.

Colour: Uniform cream.

Habitat: Found only in shallow water exposed to wave action.

Abundance: Uncommon except on the edge of reef flats exposed to wave action.

Similar species: Stylophora pistillata

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Scheer and Pillai (1983). Additional identification guide: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Stylophora wellsi.  Red Sea.  The edge of a reef flat showing S. wellsi (pale cream, centre) with Pocillopora verrucosa (lower left and right).  Charlie Veron.

Stylophora wellsi.Red Sea.The edge of a reef flat showing S. wellsi (pale cream, centre) with Pocillopora verrucosa (lower left and right).Charlie Veron.

Stylophora wellsi.  Madagascar.  A well developed colony on an intertidal reef flat.  Charlie Veron.

Stylophora wellsi.Madagascar.A well developed colony on an intertidal reef flat.Charlie Veron.

Stylophora wellsi.  Red Sea.  Surface detail. This species shows little variation.  Charlie Veron.

Stylophora wellsi.Red Sea.Surface detail. This species shows little variation.Charlie Veron.

Stylophora wellsi.  Red Sea.  Showing whole colony.

Stylophora wellsi.Red Sea.Showing whole colony.

Stylophora wellsi.  Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Stylophora wellsi.Red Sea.Showing colony surface.

Stylophora wellsi.  Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Stylophora wellsi.Red Sea.Showing colony surface.