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Cyphastrea hexasepta

Veron, Turak and DeVantier, 2000

Colonies are massive, with a smooth or irregular surface. Corallites are widely spaced and immersed to tubular, the latter being strongly inclined on the colony surface. Calices are small. The coenosteum is covered with prominent spines which have elaborate surfaces. Septa are usually in two cycles. There are usually six primary septa although this varies among corallites.

Colour: Mottled brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Cyphastrea microphthalma

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species will probably be given a genus of its own after further study. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Cyphastrea hexasepta.  Red Sea.  A massive colony.  Emre Turak.

Cyphastrea hexasepta.Red Sea.A massive colony.Emre Turak.

Cyphastrea hexasepta.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea hexasepta.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea hexasepta.  Red Sea.  Showing colony surface.

Cyphastrea hexasepta.Red Sea.Showing colony surface.

Cyphastrea hexasepta.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea hexasepta.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea hexasepta.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Cyphastrea hexasepta.Red Sea.Showing corallites.