831 species

Astrangia poculata

(Ellis and Solander, 1786)


Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848

Characters: Colonies are encrusting, submassive or branching. Colonies are both zooxanthellate and azooxanthellate, depending primarily on light conditions. Corallites are tightly compacted, mostly circular and up to 10 millimetres diameter. Corallite walls are well defined. Septal margins are beaded. Columellae are well developed.

Colour: Translucent to brown, depending on the presence of zooxanthellae.

Similar Species: Many names have been given to Astrangia poculata indicating that similar species, if any, may be difficult to determine.

Habitat: Rocky shores and jetty pilings. Tolerant of a wide range of temperatures.

Abundance: Uncommon.

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