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Erythrastrea flabellata

Scheer and Pillai, 1983

Colonies are hemispherical, up to one metre across, and are flabello-meandroid. Valleys are 8-11 millimetres wide and have thin walls, only the upper part of which are living. Septa protrude up to 5 millimetres and are equal, with coarse teeth. Columella centres are irregularly spaced and distinct. Costae are fine.

Colour: Pale cream or green.

Habitat: Reef slopes protected from wave action.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Caulastrea tumida

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.
Erythrastrea flabellata.  Red Sea.  Colonies typically consist if irregular hemispherical clumps.  Charlie Veron.

Erythrastrea flabellata.Red Sea.Colonies typically consist if irregular hemispherical clumps.Charlie Veron.

Erythrastrea flabellata.  Red Sea.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Erythrastrea flabellata.Red Sea.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Erythrastrea flabellata.  Red Sea.  Corallite detail.  Charlie Veron.

Erythrastrea flabellata.Red Sea.Corallite detail.Charlie Veron.

Erythrastrea flabellata.  Red Sea.  Colonies typically consist if irregular hemispherical clumps.  Charlie Veron.

Erythrastrea flabellata.Red Sea.Colonies typically consist if irregular hemispherical clumps.Charlie Veron.

Erythrastrea flabellata.  Red Sea.  Showing valleys.

Erythrastrea flabellata.Red Sea.Showing valleys.

Erythrastrea flabellata.  Red Sea.  Showing whole colony.

Erythrastrea flabellata.Red Sea.Showing whole colony.

Erythrastrea flabellata.  Red Sea.  Showing valleys.

Erythrastrea flabellata.Red Sea.Showing valleys.

Erythrastrea flabellata.  Red Sea.  Showing a valley.

Erythrastrea flabellata.Red Sea.Showing a valley.