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Echinopora irregularis

Veron, Turak and DeVantier, 2000

Colonies are composed of irregularly encrusting bases with short branches of irregularly fused corallites. Corallites are 4-7 millimetres diameter and are thick walled forming an interlocking clump. Septa are in three cycles, the first being exsert with prominent elaborated spines. Costae are irregularly contorted, also with elaborated spines which extend across the coenosteum.

Colour: Cream.

Habitat: Shallow partly protected reef environments.

Abundance: Rare.

Similar species: Echinopora hirsutissima

Taxonomic note: Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron (2002).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Echinopora irregularis.  Red Sea.  Colonies are composed of a complex of irregularly fused corallites.  Lyndon Devantier.

Echinopora irregularis.Red Sea.Colonies are composed of a complex of irregularly fused corallites.Lyndon Devantier.

Echinopora irregularis.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Echinopora irregularis.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Echinopora irregularis.  Red Sea.  Showing whole colony.

Echinopora irregularis.Red Sea.Showing whole colony.

Echinopora irregularis.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Echinopora irregularis.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Echinopora irregularis.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Echinopora irregularis.Red Sea.Showing corallites.

Echinopora irregularis.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Echinopora irregularis.Red Sea.Showing corallites.