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Sandalolitha africana

Veron, 2000

Colonies are flat, oval or irregular in shape. Corallites are evenly spaced. Peripheral septa and costae are aligned at right angles to the colony margins while those in the central area are parallel to its long axis. There is no axial furrow. Septa are thin.

Colour: Brown or greenish-brown.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Similar species: Sandalolitha dentata

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

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Sandalolitha africana.  Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.  Colony showing the somewhat Zoopilus-like alignment of septa.  Jerry Kemp.

Sandalolitha africana.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.Colony showing the somewhat Zoopilus-like alignment of septa.Jerry Kemp.

Sandalolitha africana.  Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.  Surface detail.  Lyndon Devantier.

Sandalolitha africana.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.Surface detail.Lyndon Devantier.

Sandalolitha africana.  Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.  Showing upper surface.

Sandalolitha africana.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.Showing upper surface.

Sandalolitha africana.  Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.  Showing corallites.

Sandalolitha africana.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.Showing corallites.

Sandalolitha africana.  Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.  Showing whole colony.

Sandalolitha africana.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.Showing whole colony.

Sandalolitha africana.  Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.  Showing upper surface.

Sandalolitha africana.Socotra, north-western Indian Ocean.Showing upper surface.

Sandalolitha africana.  Red Sea.  Showing corallites.

Sandalolitha africana.Red Sea.Showing corallites.