831 species

Astreopora expansa

Br├╝ggemann, 1877


de Blainville, 1830

Characters: Colonies are flat bifacial plates arranged in tiers or whorls. Corallites are mostly inclined on the colony surface. Coenosteum papillae are fine.

Colour: Brown, pink or dark green, usually with pale margins.

Similar Species: Astreopora myriophthalma on lower reef slopes may become laminar but A. expansa is usually distinctive.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Usually uncommon but conspicuous.

Taxonomic References: Lamberts (1982) as Astreopora explanata; Veron (2000a) as Astreopora explanata;

Identification Guides: Veron (1986a) as Astreopora explanata; Nishihira and Veron (1995) as Astreopora explanata; Turak and DeVantier (2011b);

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