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Barabattoia amicorum

(Milne Edwards and Haime, 1850)

Colonies are massive and usually small. Corallites are plocoid to tubular. Budding is primarily extratentacular. Costae are equal and well developed. Paliform lobes are usually poorly developed. Columellae are small and compact. Tentacles are extended only at night.

Colour: Usually brown, cream or green with pale oral discs.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments, especially reef backs protected from strong wave action.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron, Pichon and Wijsman-Best (1977). Additional identification guides: Veron (1986), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Barabattoia amicorum.  Philippines.  Characteristic appearance of a medium sized colony. Note the prevalence of extratentacular budding.  Charlie Veron.

Barabattoia amicorum.Philippines.Characteristic appearance of a medium sized colony. Note the prevalence of extratentacular budding.Charlie Veron.

Barabattoia amicorum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Ed Lovell.

Barabattoia amicorum.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Ed Lovell.

Barabattoia amicorum.  Vietnam.  Common variation in corallite shape and colour.  Charlie Veron.

Barabattoia amicorum.Vietnam.Common variation in corallite shape and colour.Charlie Veron.

Barabattoia amicorum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Barabattoia amicorum.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Barabattoia amicorum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Barabattoia amicorum.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Barabattoia amicorum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Barabattoia amicorum.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Barabattoia amicorum.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Barabattoia amicorum.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.