831 species

Echinopora ashmorensis

Veron, 1990


Lamarck, 1816

Characters: Colonies may be over 2 metres across and are composed of irregularly contorted tubes with hollow centres or, rarely, solid branches. Corallites are 3-5 millimetres diameter and are usually conical. They have three cycles of septa, the first two cycles reaching the columellae, which are well developed. Paliform lobes are prominent.

Colour: Uniform brown or dark blue-grey.

Similar Species: Echinopora lamellosa, which may also form tubular branches. See also E. horrida.

Habitat: Shallow protected reef environments.

Abundance: Rare.

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