831 species

Coscinaraea wellsi

Veron and Pichon, 1980


Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848

Characters: Colonies are thin, often overlapping laminae, with lobed margins. Corallites are irregularly distributed with deep seated columellae and thick, granulated septo-costae.

Colour: Green, brown or red-brown, with white perimeters.

Similar Species: Psammocora explanulata, which has smaller corallites and petaloid septo-costae. See also Leptoseris scabra.

Habitat: Usually found encrusting vertical or overhung faces.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Taxonomic Note: Placed in genus Cycloseris by Benzoni, Arrigoni, Stefani et al. (2012) based mainly on genetic evidence. It is retained here as a Coscinaraea because it does not match the distinctive genus-level characters of Cycloseris, which represent predominantly solitary, unattached mushroom corals. It may warrant a separate generic designation, along with Psammocora explanulata, see 'Overview of coral taxonomy'.

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