831 species

Cyphastrea serailia

(Forskål, 1775)


Milne Edwards and Haime, 1848

Characters: Colonies are massive or encrusting to columnar, with a smooth or hillocky surface. Corallites are rounded and equal in size. Costae do not alternate strongly. There are 12 primary septa.

Colour: Usually uniform or mottled grey, brown or cream.

Similar Species: Cyphastrea chalcidicum, which has well developed alternating costae. Cyphastrea microphthalma has 10 primary septa.

Habitat: All reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Taxonomic Note: A species complex.

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