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Acanthastrea maxima

Sheppard and Salm, 1988

Colonies are cerioid with corallites up to 50 millimetres diameter. Septa are coarsely toothed. Polyps have a fleshy mantle up to 100 millimetres diameter and with a Lobophyllia?like texture.

Colour: Green, grey or brown.

Habitat: Known only from moderately deep, turbid water.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Acanthastrea ishigakiensis , Symphyllia wilsoni

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Sheppard and Salm (1988). Additional identification guides: Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Coles (1996), Carpenter et al. (1997).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Acanthastrea maxima.  Oman.  Polyps of a small colony.  Richard Keech.

Acanthastrea maxima.Oman.Polyps of a small colony.Richard Keech.

Acanthastrea maxima.  Oman.  Polyp detail.  Richard Keech.

Acanthastrea maxima.Oman.Polyp detail.Richard Keech.

Acanthastrea maxima.  Oman.  Showing corallites.

Acanthastrea maxima.Oman.Showing corallites.

Acanthastrea maxima.  Oman.  Showing corallites.

Acanthastrea maxima.Oman.Showing corallites.