831 species

Colpophyllia natans

(Houttuyn, 1772)


Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848

Characters: Colonies are large and hemispherical or encrusting. Valleys are usually long and sinuous but may become short, with 1-3 centres and form Hydnophora-like monticules. Septa are exsert, equal, and finely toothed. A fine ambulacral groove occurs along the tops of walls. Tentacles are extended only at night.

Colour: Walls are brown or grey with valleys the same colour or green.

Similar Species: Manicina areolata. Valleys are similar in size to Oulophyllia of the Indo-Pacific. Diploria species have smaller valleys and skeletal structures.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common, conspicuous.

COTW History since Veron (2000a)
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