831 species

Agaricia agaricites

(Linnaeus, 1758)


Lamarck, 1801

Characters: Colonies are encrusting or submassive or form a complex of horizontal plates and large irregularly dividing upright bifacial fronds. Corallites are in deep valleys which are concentric on plates and generally less than 50 millimetres long.

Colour: Tan, brown or yellow-brown.

Similar Species: Agaricia tenuifolia, which has smaller, thinner, more divided fronds with thinner margins and less tendency to form horizontal plates.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Taxonomic References: Laborel (1969); Wells (1973a); Fenner (1999); Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Humann (2002);

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
  • Family: All families are currently under review
  • Genus/species: No change