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Schizoculina fissipara

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1850)

Encrusting to branching, sometimes over one metre across. Branching is primarily upright. Corallites are circular, up to 4-5 millimetres diameter but are occasionally linked in a series. Budding is extratentacular. A paliform crown is present.

Colour: Light brown or blue-grey.

Habitat: Rocky foreshores up to 35 metres deep.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Schizoculina africana

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Laborel (1974).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Schizoculina fissipara.  Gulf of Guinea.  An encrusting colony.  Jacques Laborel.

Schizoculina fissipara.Gulf of Guinea.An encrusting colony.Jacques Laborel.

Schizoculina fissipara.  Gulf of Guinea.  Showing whole colony.

Schizoculina fissipara.Gulf of Guinea.Showing whole colony.

Schizoculina fissipara.  Gulf of Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Schizoculina fissipara.Gulf of Guinea.Showing corallites.

Schizoculina fissipara.  Gulf of Guinea.  Showing corallites.

Schizoculina fissipara.Gulf of Guinea.Showing corallites.

Schizoculina fissipara.  Gulf of Guinea.  Showing branch end.

Schizoculina fissipara.Gulf of Guinea.Showing branch end.