831 species

Echinopora hirsutissima

Milne Edwards and Haime, 1849


Lamarck, 1816

Characters: Colonies are submassive or encrusting. Corallites are 4-7 millimetres diameter and are thick walled with prominent skeletal structures. Costae are strongly beaded. The coenosteum is densely covered with thick, finely elaborated spinules.

Colour: Mustard, green, brown or purple, often with pale septo-costae.

Similar Species: Echinopora irregularis. See also E. horrida and E. gemmacea, which have less coarse corallite structures and smaller corallites.

Habitat: Shallow reef environments.

Abundance: Sometimes common in the western Indian Ocean, rare elsewhere.

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