831 species

Echinomorpha nishihirai

(Veron, 1990)


Veron, 2000

Characters: Colonies or individuals are thin and delicate. They may have only one corallite or have a prominent central corallite and widely spaced peripheral corallites. Septo-costae radiate from the central corallite like spokes from a wheel.

Colour: Uniform or mottled dark browns or greens.

Similar Species: Similar to Echinophyllia tarae.

Habitat: Lower reef slopes protected from wave action, and in crevices.

Abundance: Rare but distinctive.

Taxonomic Note: Type species of Echinomorpha Veron, 2000. Distinct, taxonomically isolated species with no clear affinities.

Taxonomic References: Veron (1990a) as Echinophyllia nishihirai; Veron (2000a);

Identification Guides: Nishihira and Veron (1995) as Echinophyllia nishihirai;

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