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Alveopora catalai

Wells, 1968


de Blainville, 1830

Characters: Colonies are composed of gnarled branches that divide irregularly. They may form stands over 5 metres across. Corallites are large, composed of an interlocking network of rods and spines. Polyps are large with swollen tentacle tips.

Colour: Pale tan when polyps are retracted. Extended polyps are amber or yellowish with white oral discs, sometimes with white tentacle tips.

Similar Species: Alveopora gigas and A. allingi.

Habitat: Occurs only on soft substrates in deep water or in shallow turbid water protected from wave action and currents.

Abundance: Uncommon but conspicuous.

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