831 species

Alveopora daedalea

(Forskål, 1775)


de Blainville, 1830

Characters: Colonies are encrusting, thick plates, or columnar. They have a smooth surface and may be large, with columns up to one metre high. Corallites may have alternating long and short fine septal spines. Tips of polyp tentacles are truncated giving a squared appearance. Sometimes six large tentacles alternate with six small tentacles.

Colour: Uniform pale or dark brown.

Similar Species: Alveopora spongiosa, which is less columnar, does not have truncated tentacles, and has less clearly alternating septa.

Habitat: Protected upper reef slopes.

Abundance: Relatively common in the western Indian Ocean.

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